4. Adam Frazier
After being traded from the Pirates to the Padres to the Mariners in the span of just months, Adam Frazier pretty much fell off the face of the earth. Or maybe this is just exactly who he was all along. Despite impressive campaigns in 2018 and 2021 (his All-Star year), Frazier’s had a lot of mediocre-at-best showings, and a couple of alarming below-average ones.
But as a bench player who can log reps at all three outfield spots and both middle infield spots, couldn’t the Yankees figure out a way to benefit from that impressive versatility if they go bargain hunting?
Hey, maybe they get the ~.275 hitter who can log 30 doubles. If not, and they happen to get the 80 OPS+ version of Frazier, he’ll at least be a defensive asset in the event the team gets plagued by injuries (which always happens).
Frazier is used to being a starter, so if he has to hold down such a role, it wouldn’t be foreign to him. And if the Yankees get rid of Gleyber Torres, they’re going to need more middle infield insurance, depending upon the corresponding move.
We wouldn’t say we endorse a Frazier signing, but we can see how it might make sense in a very specific circumstance.