Why the San Francisco Giants Need Todd Frazier
By Jake Mastroianni
With the San Francisco Giants looking for an upgrade at third base, we look at why Todd Frazier makes a lot of sense for this team.
The more I think about it, the more I love the idea of Todd Frazier playing for the Giants in 2018.
Here are four reasons why:
- Home runs: The first and most obvious reason to sign Frazier is for his home run power. Frazier has hit 27 or more home runs in four straight years with seasons of 35 and 40 mixed in there. The Giants will obviously be looking to add some home runs to their lineup after finishing last in the league in home runs. While Frazier doesn’t hit for a very high average, he does get on base and hit home runs. You can stick him in the fifth or sixth spot in the lineup and know he’ll run into one every now and then.
- Cheap: The Giants have a lot of holes they need to fill this offseason, and they need to find ways to make a couple of cheap ones. I think the Giants can get Frazier on a two-year deal for around $11 or $12 million a year. That way they have some felxability to make a bigger move, and they aren’t tied up in a long-term contract.
- Bridge to Arroyo: If Christian Arroyo isn’t traded this offseason, he could be the next third baseman for the Giants. I’m still not sure he’s ready for the full-time job, but with Frazier you’d have a nice bridge to the next wave. Once Arroyo does prove he’s ready, then you can possibly trade Frazier in 2019 for a needed piece.
- Hungry to win: I think a lot of fans noticed a lack of enthusiasm from the Giants in 2018. Frazier would certainly spark this team like he did the Yankees in the postseason. You could tell in this past postseason that Frazier is hungry and eager to win, and we need more players like that on the Giants.
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Frazier is not a perfect fit at third for the Giants, but I think he makes the most sense. I hope the front office does too as I’m all on board for Frazier this offseason.