In previous off-seasons, Bruce, Swarzak and Frazier might have earned extra regardless of being of their 30s and never among the many sport’s elite skills. Frazier, who will flip 32 subsequent week, hit .213 and struck out 125 instances in 147 video games between the White Sox and the Yankees in 2017, however he additionally smashed 27 house runs, supplied stable protection, and was a popular teammate.
“All people can see what the worth was and the place I ought to have been,” he mentioned. “However the expectations — it’s like in baseball: You count on your self to hit .300 and also you hit .280, that’s nonetheless a fairly good yr.”
Frazier, who’s from Toms River, N.J., was not complaining about his deal; he thanked Alderson and the proprietor Jeff Wilpon for signing him. However he admitted that the low season was irritating. Chatty and energetic by nature, Frazier requested his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of Inventive Artists Company, for frequent updates.
“Day by day, I used to be: ‘What’s happening? What do I’ve to do? Do I’ve to speak to some G.M.s? You need me to fly someplace?’” Frazier mentioned. “Simply making an attempt to be humorous about it.”
On the various free brokers nonetheless unsigned, Frazier added, “I really feel for these guys.”
Van Wagenen made waves final week when, in a statement, he referred to as the growing anger amongst gamers “a rising tide” and that a “battle was brewing” over the sluggish low season regardless of the game’s financial prosperity. He even advised a boycott of spring coaching as an possibility.
Van Wagenen counseled the Mets for signing gamers — “no matter whether or not you assume the costs are excessive or low” — and making an attempt to discipline an excellent group.
“Gamers are emotional proper now,” he mentioned. “The dialog is occurring behind the scenes and out in entrance. The sport has loved an excessive amount of prosperity for the 2 sides to not get alongside. I believe all people is hopeful that we can going ahead.”
The Mets acted on Frazier as a result of they favored his energy, protection and stability at a place that has been in flux, notably because the well being of their captain, David Wright, stays unsure. Frazier relished the possibility to stay within the New York space and to please his Three-year-old son, Blake.
Whereas placing him to sleep two weeks in the past, Frazier mentioned his son volunteered that he had turn into a Mets fan and that he wished his upcoming party to be within the group’s colours.
“Two weeks later, I’m a Met now,” Frazier mentioned. “I’m like, ‘Buddy, give me some Decide-6 numbers so we don’t need to stay in New Jersey anymore.’”