The Mets made their long-awaited move to solidify their infield, and they did so with a familiar face in New York. Late Monday, they agreed to a deal with third baseman Todd Frazier for two years and $17 million, according to multiple people familiar with the contract who requested anonymity because the deal was pending a physical examination.
Frazier, a native of Toms River, N.J., who will turn 32 next week, played a crucial role for the Yankees in the second half of last season after they acquired him from the Chicago White Sox in July. With the Mets, he will bring power, a reliable glove at third, a fair amount of strikeouts, and a strong presence in the clubhouse. Between the White Sox and Yankees last season, Frazier hit .213 but posted a career-high .344 on-base percentage along with 27 home runs and 76 R.B.I.
In his six full major league seasons, Frazier has averaged 28 home runs and 132 strikeouts. His addition will allow the Mets to move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where Cabrera is more comfortable.
In an unusually depressed free agent market, the Mets have spent $72.5 million this winter on five players. At the start of the off-season, the Mets’ payroll was expected to drop, angering some fans. But the Mets have taken advantage of the market and added help to a roster that missed the playoffs and went 70-92 in 2017.
Published at Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:50:11 +0000