Veteran infielder Todd Frazier agreed to a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, two days after opting out of his initial minor league contract with the team.
Frazier opted out when he learned the Pirates weren’t going to include him on the team’s Opening Day roster.
But he apparently saw there were no major league options with other clubs so close to the start of the season. Meanwhile, the Pirates remained in contact with Frazier and now he will report to the team’s alternative training site in Pittsburgh.
Frazier, 35, batted .250 with three homers in 28 spring at-bats but there were no openings at his positions — first and third base.
Colin Moran is the team’s starting first baseman and Ke’Bryan Hayes is the third baseman. Phillip Evans, who batted .371 this spring, will be the backup at those spots.
In 1,231 career games, Frazier has hit .242 with 218 homers, 636 RBIs and 73 stolen bases. He ripped 21 homers with the New York Mets in 2019 but struggled at the plate last season, hitting .236 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 45 games split between the Mets and Texas Rangers.
Frazier was a two-time All-Star (2014, 2015) for the Cincinnati Reds and smacked a career-best 40 homers for the Chicago White Sox in 2016.
–Field Level Media