The Dodgers Deal for Todd Frazier
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Lost amid all the hubbub over the Dodgers’ dogged pursuit of pitching is the fact that their offense kind of sucked last year. Their 667 runs was just middling in the National League. A better offense just may have earned Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw another Cy Young Award. But I digress. For a payroll as large as the Dodgers’, you’d expect more than your infrequent offensive explosion.
Gone is one of the few non-offensive offensive talents, second baseman Howie Kendrick. But the team will get a full season of super rookie Corey Seager. But like everyone not named Adrian Gonzalez, he’s a question mark. Which brings us to Frazier, the king of the Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto be damned. Fans love him. Teammates love him. He’s coming off a season in which he had career highs in homers and RBIs.
The only drawback about Frazier is he’s relatively old for his experience. Drafted out of college in 2007, The Toddfather will be 30 when spring training camp opens. The win-now Dodgers don’t care if he keeps producing. Which he’s likelier to do than Puig. Do I smell a swap?