The Angels, Giants and Mets are among 10 clubs interested in signing infielder Todd Frazier, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Sherman says the Angels “plan to carry an extra pitcher” because of signing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani. In addition, they have “openings” at both second and third base.
As for the Mets, Sherman says they have “at least been curious if not aggressive” on the 31-year-old Toms River, New Jersey native. Sherman says Frazier could force Asdrubal Cabrera to play more positions than just stay at third base and Frazier could back up Dominic Smith at first base.
For the Giants, Frazier would be an upgrade at the hot corner over Pablo Sandoval, who came back to San Francisco in a trade with the Red Sox but still struggled offensively. Frazier hit 27 home runs, had 76 RBI and a 3.4 WAR while splitting time with the White Sox and Yankees. After being traded to New York, he became a key emotional leader for the Yankees while guiding them to the ALCS, where they lost in seven games to the eventual World Series champion Astros.
Frazier made $12 million last year and teams may pay that amount again cecause of his versatility and leadership.