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It's been a tough year for Todd Frazier. After getting just three hits in 40 plate appearances, Frazier was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. He'll likely be looking for a new team soon.
That might be the best thing for all parties involved, because Frazier apparently wasn't well liked in Pittsburgh. Following the news of Frazier's DFA, he got involved in an ugly spat with radio host Mark Madden.
Madden kicked off the profane, tense exchange by calling Frazier a "scrub," among other things. Frazier responded by making fun of Madden's weight.
Madden responded to that by criticizing Frazier's numbers.
There's not a lot of good to be taken from that. On Madden's end, it's pretty unprofessional to attack Frazier in that way after he was DFA'd. You can be happy about the move and think it's the right thing for the Pirates, but to tell Frazier "happy f***ing trails" is a little much.
It's not as if Frazier handled himself with grace either. There were a number of ways he could have responded, and he didn't need to fat shame Madden. That was out of line. You could also argue Frazier didn't need to respond at all. He's dealt with enough harsh media criticism that he could have just ignored it and moved on. The mute button is a wonderful thing.
Todd Frazier looking for another team
Frazier, 35, has struggled this season. He's hitting just .086/.200/.114. Frazier struggled to find consistent work last season, spending time with three different teams. Following his DFA by Pittsburgh on Monday, Frazier could find it tough to latch on with another club.
Frazier has experienced some strong seasons, making the All-Star team in both 2014 and 2015, but has hit just .224 since then. He could be a depth piece for another team, but the market for struggling 35-year-olds isn't exactly robust.
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