Mets Reach Deal With Former Yankees Third Baseman Todd Frazier

Feb 06, 2018, 13:51
Mets Reach Deal With Former Yankees Third Baseman Todd Frazier

At only a week short of 32 years old, Frazier isn't a double digit-per year man anymore but fills a need for the Mets and is an AAV in line with what Frazier would have gotten even in an offseason more normal than this one. He would also become the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby champion in front of his home crowd in Cincinnati where the All-Star Game was being held. However, he would set a career-low in hitting with a.225 average in a 158 games. He hit a combined.213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs last season for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. The move was a homecoming for the slugging third baseman, who grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, where he led the Toms River East American team to victory in the 1998 Little League World Series; in celebration of their championship, the team was introduced at Yankee Stadium before the national anthem, for which Frazier stood next to his pinstriped shortstop counterpart, Derek Jeter.

At the start of the offseason, Frazier appeared likely to land a three-year deal worth $10-12 million per season.

The 31-year-old Frazier will provide power to the Mets lineup, having averaged nearly 33 home runs a year since 2014-Frazier's first year as an All-Star. Frazier and the Yankees would embrace the symbol as their own, frequently giving one another a thumbs down after reaching base.

Frazier joining the Mets will shake up the infield alignment. The fact that the Mets signed a third baseman means they don't have high hopes for David Wright contributing in 2018.

In signing Jose Reyes, Anthony Swarzak, Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez, the Mets had made modest acquisitions that nonetheless stood out in a very slow free-agent market.

The Mets initially picked up Cabrera's option for 2018 with the idea the veteran infielder would play third base. Cabrera could have played either second or third base this season. He solidifies the team's infield and gives the Mets another power source in the middle of the lineup. Frazier's addition will put the Mets in the $145 million neighborhood.