Teams are still checking in with the White Sox to see if they plan to trade 1B Jose Abreu or 3B Todd Frazier, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote this past weekend.
According to Cafardo, of the two, Abreu is receiving more attention because he's under contract the next three seasons, while Frazier can be a free agent after 2017.
Frazier, 30, hit a career-high 40 home runs last season, which was his first with the White Sox after being traded to them by the Reds after the 2015 season.
In 660 plate appearances during 2016, he hit just .225 with a .302 OBP, but had a .464 slugging percentage and .236 batting average on balls in play.
Frazier, who has played in at least 150 games each of the last four seasons, is expected to earn around $13 million in 2017, according to projections on MLB Trade Rumors.
I agree with the guys in the above video. Frazier makes a ton of sense for the Mets. He can play both first and third, he's making a reasonable salary and he's from New Jersey. So why -- despite the theoretical link -- have we heard zero rumors connecting Frazier to the Mets?
In talking with friends in Chicago, it seems the White Sox would rather hold Frazier now and deal him this summer. MLB insiders say at least 10 teams -- including the Cardinals and Rangers -- have contacted the White Sox to ask about Frazier, but none of them -- like the Mets -- are in desperate need of a first or third baseman.
The Dodgers reportedly had the most interest of any team this offseason, but that stopped the minute they re-signed Justin Turner in December.
Frazier (21) hits a walk off single against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Sure, Frazier could help Terry Collins, but the fact -- at least as of right now -- is that the Mets have David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes, T.J. Rivera and Neil Walker, all of whom are capable of handling time on the infield corners.
Also, while Frazier has played 13 games in the outfield during his career, he hasn't played there since 2013 and -- frankly -- the last thing the Mets need right now is another power-hitting corner outfielder.
The other thing is that if Frazier has, say, 15-20 home runs entering July -- like he did last year -- think of how in demand he will be this summer considering he'll be due just $6 million the rest of the season.
In other words, he's set up to be the most attractive rental player available this season on the trade market. So, it makes complete sense for the White Sox to flirt with dealing him now, but only consider a move if a team is willing to overpay. And, it's not like Alderson to ever overpay, especially for a position he already has covered.
Lastly, for what it's worth, in talks about other players on the roster, the White Sox have expressed interest in Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, and other big-league players and prospects from the Mets. So, I assume any talks right now for Frazier -- or David Robertson and Abreu, both of whom make more sense for the Mets than Frazier -- would involve these same names...