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Mets trade deadline target Adam Frazier appreciates ‘great’ New York fans

Adam Frazier is garnering some interest on the trade market.

The Mets are one of the teams interested in the Pirates second baseman, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. And why wouldn’t they be?

Frazier has been one of the best players in baseball this season, hitting .326/.396/.461 with a league-leading 109 hits prior to Friday’s game at Citi Field. The 29-year-old will start in his first All-Star Game next week.

But Frazier, who is under team control until 2023, said he doesn’t care about rumors.

“It’s cool because other teams want you. That means you are playing well and can add some value,” Frazier told The Post. “But I don’t really get caught up in it. I take it in stride.

“It has been about three years with trade speculation going around. You get used to it. I can’t control it. I focus on the game. Whatever happens, happens.”

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Since making his MLB debut in 2016, Frazier has developed into an elite contact hitter. Frazier, who was a .361 hitter at Mississippi State, corrected some problems from a rough 2020 season, allowing him to regain his old form.

“I was swinging too hard and being too big last year,” said Frazier, who hit a career-worst .230 in the COVID-shortened season. “Now, I am keeping things simple on the field. I am staying within myself and doing anything I can to put that ball in play.”

From the Mets’ perspective, they have an influx of players who can man second base, including Luis Guillorme, Jeff McNeil, Jose Peraza and Jonathan Villar. While adding Frazier would certainly be a luxury for acting general manager Zack Scott, the All-Star’s talent is undeniable.

Nonetheless, there is familiarity between these two teams, as they have already completed a trade this season — the Mets acquired Joey Lucchesi (via the Padres) for catcher Endy Rodriguez in a three-team deal. Plus, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington worked with Scott in Boston and they both got their first gigs under Theo Epstein.

No matter what happens, Frazier — who has limited distractions by “getting away from the phone and doing more reading instead of scrolling through Instagram” — is just focusing on baseball. But at the very least, Frazier does enjoy New York.

“New York is fun. You walk around, shop a little bit, eat a little bit,” Frazier said. “The fans are great here. You have to be ready to play, soak it in and enjoy.”

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