Frazier On Players Still Unsigned: 'It's A Shame'

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
February 14, 2019 - 5:05 pm
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By WFAN.com

There has been plenty of talk over the last few months about how slow the MLB offseason has been moving.

With spring training now underway, top free agents such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel, along with numerous other free agents, still remain unsigned, hinting at possible larger problems that the sport faces in the near future.

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier joined CMB Thursday, acknowledging that there are some major problems in Major League Baseball right now that the Players Association will have to address in the next round of CBA negotiations. 

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"With the new CBA coming up, there's some big issues that we've got going on besides what we just talked about, about players over 30," Frazier told Maggie and Bart. "There's a lot of free agents still unsigned out there. It's just crazy to think, you know. People say, 'You're making this amount of money, you should keep your mouth shut.' But hey, isn't that what we strive to do? We strive to go into a job we love and make as much money as possible.

"It's something that when the union comes to, we have to figure out what we're doing. I think we've had some good talks already. But for guys over thirty like myself, it's all about production. It's all about production."

Earlier Thursday, Frazier's teammate, Jacob deGrom, wouldn't rule out a self-imposed innings restriction in 2019 if an agreement cannot be reached on an extension before Opening Day.

Later in the day, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen downplayed the ace's comments, telling reporters that the team is just as concerned about the pitcher's long-term health as deGrom and his agents are.

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Frazier wouldn't get into deGrom's situation specifically, but did agree that players might have to look out for their own futures if things don't change in the coming years. 

"I think we have a bunch of guys right now that understand that we're on the path where things aren't going to be good in baseball," Frazier said about players putting restrictions on themselves before hitting free agency. "Things are going to happen. We need more talks. I don't think guys will ever step out and not want to compete. I don't think that will ever happen. I think that would be a travesty. But it's a time right now where we have to focus on what's best for the players.

"I think fans want the best players on the field. They're not getting that anymore. They're getting mostly all the good guys. But they want competition... It's a shame. We're seeing guys that put up plus numbers all the time and are only getting minor league deals. We don't know what that's about. We're going to figure it out, or there's going to be a big problem in baseball."

To listen to Frazier's full interview, click on the audio player above.