According to several sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with 35-year-old Todd Frazier on a minor league deal, which is pending a physical. According to Jason Mackey, the deal will pay him $1.5 M if he makes the team. Kevin Kernan was the first to report the deal.
Frazier played for the New York Mets and Texas Rangers in 2020, hitting .236/.302/.382 in 45 games. During the 2019 season, he hit .251/.329/.443 in 133 games for the Mets. Frazier was a two-time All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds during the 2014-15 seasons. In ten years in the majors, he has a .242/.319/.448 slash line 1,231 games. He has mostly played third base during his career, where he was slightly above average defensively until the last two years according to dWAR. The Pirates should be good at third base with Ke’Bryan Hayes playing regularly, so that would leave very little time there for Frazier. However, he has played 113 games at first base during his career, including time there over the last two seasons.
UPDATE: Frazier passed his physical and the deal is complete. As you would expect, he gets an invite to Spring Training.
Pirates make the Todd Frazier signing official. Minor league deal. Includes an invitation to big league camp.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) February 20, 2021