Mets, Todd Frazier agree to two-year deal

213 with 27 home runs with the White Sox and Yankees last season. Credit Ben Solomon for The New York Times

213 with 27 home runs with the White Sox and Yankees last season. Credit Ben Solomon for The New York Times

Via The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Todd Frazier has agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets.

Frazier only spent the second half of the 2017 season with the New York Yankees, but he left a big impression on the team as it made its run through the postseason. Frazier brings another power bat to a potent Mets' lineup. In 81 games, the White Sox slugger only managed to hit 16 home runs while driving in just 44 runs, and hitting a paltry.207. They traded him to the Yankees in late July. However, he would set a career-low in hitting with a.225 average in a 158 games. From the standpoint of the soon-to-be 32-year-old third baseman, this is a steep discount that many other mid-market free agents may settle for as spring training approaches. Nevertheless, Frazier was able to land a multi-year deal and guarantee himself an everyday job.

Born in Point Pleasant and raised in Toms River, the New Jersey native first caught our attention by helping lead the Toms River East American Little League All-Star team to the 1998 Little League World Series.

It's probably some of the best news that Mets fans have received in a while. As a Red, Frazier posted a.257/.321/.463 slash line with 108 home runs and 324 RBIs.

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.

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That leaves $14 million, and the Yankees still want to add a veteran starting pitcher, so to do that and sign a third baseman, they may have dump a salary. Wright has no intention of retiring right now and is hopeful that he can play this season in some capacity. The thumbs down was the Yankees rallying cry previous year late in the season and all the way through the playoffs.

Even if Wright is able to play this season, he will only be able to play part time.

Todd Frazier is staying in NY. He'll be the Mets' third baseman, which means Asdrubal Cabrera will slide over to second. Jose Reyes now moves to a reserve utility man role, backing up Frazier, Cabrera, and Amed Rosario at short.

The signing of Frazier figures to be the last major move the Mets make this offseason. He will serve as a complement to the likes of Yoenis Cespdes, Michael Conforto, and Jay Bruce.

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