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Rays: Right-Handed 3B/1B from the Scrap Heap of Free Agency

By Seth Carter
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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NL All-Star Todd Frazier celebrates winning the 2015 Home Run Derby (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NL All-Star Todd Frazier celebrates winning the 2015 Home Run Derby (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Todd Frazier

2019 Statistics
Salary: $9,000,000
WAR: 2.2
Games: 133
ABs: 447
Runs: 63
2B: 19
HR: 21
RBI: 67
BB: 40
SO: 106
.251/.329/.443
OPS+: 106

Todd Frazier posted a 2.2 WAR last season and still has a decent glove.

In his limited at-bats, he did provide a pop of power for the Mets in 2019. His OPS+ was above 100, and if he can put forth a season similar to his 2019, he would provide very nice value.

It is not out of the question to expect 25-plus homers out of Frazier in 2020. He is entering his age-34 season and is still capable of supplying the Rays with a middle of the order bat.

If things do not work out, he should be a low-cost, low-risk investment. Frazier still presents a pretty high upside if he plays at the level he was last season.

Frazier is no longer the 40-homer threat he was in 2016, but the power numbers still show productivity. You have to imagine he is willing to accept far less than the $9MM he received from the Mets last season.

The market should be pretty thin for the 34-year-old third baseman. There are a lot of low-end (not in an offensive way) options at third this offseason and he’s one of them. He’s a solid veteran ballplayer who could present a right-handed bat at third for the Rays.

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