Earlier this month, Seattle bought out all three of Kyle Seager’s arbitration seasons and four seasons of free agency with a seven-year, $100 million extension. Todd Frazier plays the same position as Seager, is only one year older than Seager, and had very similar numbers to Seager in 2014 …
Seager: .268/.334/.454, 25 HR, 96 RBI, 159 games
Frazier: .273/.336/.459, 29 HR, 80 RBI, 157 games
Frazier is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, as Seager would have been. So you can imagine that the 28-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey is seeing dollar signs:
“I’m aware of it, of course,” Frazier said when asked about Seager’s deal. “Right now, I’m just worried about Redsfest. I’ve seen it. It’s pretty cool. I’m aware of it. I’m just trying to help out the Reds and the community. That’s all I can do, right now.”
The Reds, who signed Joey Votto to a $250 million contract extension in April 2012 and Brandon Phillips to a six-year, $72.5 million deal a few days later, will probably have to go year-to-year with Frazier for now.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.