GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Frazier was the last Reds player cut at the end of spring training last year, sent to the minors temporarily to open a spot for a relief pitcher. After a promotion and a fabulous rookie season, he's getting a chance to earn a starting job.
Frazier can replace Scott Rolen as Cincinnati's third baseman, a role he filled at times last season because of injuries. Rolen has decided not to attend spring training.
Frazier filled in when Rolen and first baseman Joey Votto was injured last year and wound up third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He batted .273 with 19 homers, third-most among rookies. His 67 RBIs were the second-most by a rookie.
He has spent the offseason improving his range at third base.