It was not that long ago that Clint Frazier was regarded as a key part of the New York Yankees’ future. He had appeared to come into his own in 2019 and 2020, putting together a 126 OPS+ with 20 homers and 20 doubles in 406 plate appearances. Injuries remained a concern, but it appeared that if Frazier could remain on the diamond, he could finally live up to his potential.
That hope disappeared last season. Frazier battled headaches and nagging injuries all season as his production disappeared. He produced a 76 OPS+ in his 218 plate appearances, hitting just five homers and nine doubles. The Yankees designated him for assignment on Friday, opening a roster spot ahead of the Rule V Draft.
Oakland A’s should consider Clint Frazier
Despite those struggles in 2021, Frazier’s pedigree as a formerly highly regarded prospect and production over the two prior seasons make him an intriguing option. This is especially the case for a team looking for a potential bargain in the outfield, a player with years of team control left who could be a possible building block.
Enter the Oakland A’s. The A’s are looking to cut payroll and are reportedly open to moving anyone. Both Mark Canha and Starling Marte are free agents, opening spots in the outfield. And with Ramon Laureano still having time left on his PED suspension, adding pieces to the outfield will be even more important.
Frazier does have the defensive versatility that the A’s look for. He can play either corner outfield spot, with 104 games in left and 101 games in right. While he is never going to be a Gold Glove caliber outfielder, he is a solid defensive player when he is healthy.
Of course, when healthy is the operative phrase. It is impossible to guarantee that Frazier will be on the diamond on any given day. But he would be the type of potential bargain that the A’s look for – one that will not cost much but could make a dramatic impact upon their fortunes.
Clint Frazier is now a free agent after being designated for assignment by the Yankees. He would be a perfect fit for the Oakland A’s.