MLB Free Agency: New York Mets sign Todd Frazier

Sheri Evans
February 6, 2018

The New York Mets have agreed to sign two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending a physical.

Frazier, 31, spent time between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees last season. 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.

"I love playing at home", Frazier said previous year after he was traded to the Yankees, his favorite team as a kid.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway has some different options to explore on the left side of the infield, but the most likely scenario will see Asdrubal Cabrera moving from third to second base, with 22-year-old Amed Rosario getting the full-time job at short.

The New York Mets have finally landed the infielder they've sought all offseason.

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By comparison Frazier had a.960 fielding percentage at third with the White Sox and Yankees, and for his career he has a.965 fielding percentage at the position.

For the Mets, this is a significant improvement at a low cost, one that strongly suggests they don't expect any contribution from David Wright, who didn't play at all last season.

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

"Being top five in payroll, I don't think that won us a World Series", he said then. As Frazier circled the bases, the fan showed his displeasure by giving him a thumbs down. They traded him to the Yankees in late July. Frazier, known for his big, effusive personality, immediately had an impact in the clubhouse; he took on a leadership role, which is unusual for a player who arrived during the season in a trade.

"You can never fully dismiss the fact that David may be back".

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