Adam Frazier creates interest in the trading market.
The Mets are one of the teams interested in Pirates’ second baseman, according to MLB Networks Jon Heyman. And why would they not be?
Frazier has been one of the best players in baseball this season, hitting .326 / .396 / .461 with league-leading 109 hits before Friday’s game at Citi Field. The 29-year-old starts in his first All-Star game next week.
But Frazier, who is under team control until 2023, said he does not care about rumors.
“It’s cool because other teams want you. That means you play well and can add some value, ”Frazier told The Post. “But I do not really get caught up in it. I̵
“It has been about three years of trade speculation. You get used to it. I can not control it. I focus on the game. Whatever happens, it happens. ”
Since making his MLB debut in 2016, Frazier has evolved into an elite contact hitter. Frazier, who was a .361 hitter in Mississippi State, corrected some issues from a tough 2020 season so he could regain his old form.
“I swung too hard and was too big last year,” said Frazier, who hit a career-worst .230 in COVID-shortened season. “Now I keep things simple on the court. I stay within myself and do everything I can to put the ball in play. ”
From the Mets’ perspective, they have an influx of players who can staff second bases, including Luis Guillorme, Jeff McNeil, Jose Peraza and Jonathan Villar. While the addition of Frazier would certainly be a luxury for acting general manager Zack Scott, All-Star’s talent is undeniable.
Nevertheless, there is intimacy between these two teams as they have already completed a trade this season – Mets acquired Joey Lucchesi (via Padres) to catcher Endy Rodriguez in a three-team deal. In addition, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington worked with Scott in Boston, and they both got their first concerts under Theo Epstein.
Whatever happens, Frazier – who has limited distractions by “getting off the phone and reading more instead of scrolling through Instagram” – focuses only on baseball. But at least Frazier enjoys New York.
“New York is fun. You walk around, shop a little, eat a little, ”Frazier said. “Fans are good here. You have to be ready to play, soak it up and enjoy. ”