New York Mets Land Todd Frazier

New York Mets Land Todd Frazier

Free agent third baseman and Yankees fan favorite Todd Frazier will be taking his talents, and his thumbs, to Flushing. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the New York Mets and free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier are in agreement on a two-year, $17 million contract. As is customary at this point in the reporting/signing process, the deal is pending a physical. Traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Yankees last July, Frazier loved playing close to home and loved being on a club loaded with young talent that just missed getting to the World Series. The New Jersey native had 27 home runs in 2017 but batted just.213, which likely contributed to the somewhat modest amount of money he is signing for.

Frazier, who turns 32 next week, was traded from the White Sox to the Yankees last summer and the Yanks were reportedly interested in bringing him back but are hesitant to go over the luxury tax threshold.

Torreyes would be a candidate to play third if No. 1 prospect Gleyber Torres pulls a surprise and wins the open second base position instead of starting in Triple-A or if non-roster player Danny Espinosa, a very strong defender who hits for power, starts at second. The Mets lineup figures to be significantly deeper and more powerful with this signing and gives NY a more capable bench offensively. In 2015, after hitting 25 homers in the first half of the season, he won the Home Run Derby hosted in Cincinnati, but fell into a second-half slump and finished with 35 homers and a.255/.309/.498/117 OPS+ line.

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The Mets made the deal a week before they open spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Frazier joins Jay Bruce as two major cogs to be added to the Mets' lineup this winter. Four years later, he debuted in the big leagues. At the start of the off-season, the Mets' payroll was expected to drop, angering some fans.

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