Mets reportedly agree to sign Todd Frazier for two years, $17 million
Feb 06 2018
Todd Frazier is coming back to NY - but without the Yankees pinstripes this time.
He replaced Chase Headley at third base as the Yankees liked Frazier's defense over Headley's. The deal is for two years and $17 million, pending a physical, the sources confirmed.
Though Frazier's.213/.344/.428 batting line was hardly a knockout, his 27 homers and 83 walks pushed his OPS+ to 105, which ranked 21st of the 31 third baseman who made 300 plate appearances past year.
Frazier is the big infield bat that the Amazins' have been seeking, and they hope that his trend of 4 straight +25 HR years continues into 2018.
The Mets' protracted search for a final infield piece concluded Monday night with a sprinkle of local flavor.
The signing of Frazier figures to be the last major move the Mets make this offseason.
Frazier, 31, is one of the fortunate ones in a group of free agents who remain unsigned on the cusp of spring training.
Frazier, who was a 1998 Little League World Series champion in nearby Toms River, New Jersey, and later starred at Rutgers, finished up last season with the New York Yankees. For his career, Todd Frazier has a career batting average of.245, with 175 home runs, and 498 runs batted in. With Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and the eventual return of Michael Conforto, the Mets outfield is solid. Frazier's addition is a clear signal that Mets brass isn't counting on Wright to contribute in 2018 as he attempts a comeback from two surgeries and manages spinal stenosis.
Frazier is just a few years removed from back-to-back all-star appearances in 2014 and 2015 while with the Reds. He hit 27 homers a season ago, a bit of a down year after hitting 40 long balls in 2016.