Mets Signing Todd Frazier for Two Years, $17 Million
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 06, 2018,
Feb 06, 2018, 13:50
Todd Frazier is staying in NY - just not with the same team.
The pride of Toms River, New Jersey, who still has a house there, signed with the Mets on Monday evening, according to multiple sources.
The deal, first reported by the Athletic, is pending a physical. He was traded from the White Sox to the Yankees last summer and anchored third base for a team that advanced to the ALCS, losing in Game 7 to the Astros. The Yankees are also considering going into the season with rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres as the top third base options.
Frazier, a welcome midseason acquisition for the Yankees previous year, will play third base, filling a hole that has always been vacated by an ailing David Wright and temporarily occupied by Asdrubal Cabrera, a natural shortstop.
The best bet on the Mets now is that they're pretty much done making big moves this offseason.
According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, Frazier's deal includes no incentives and is without a no-trade clause, though Frazier would get a $500,000 bonus if the Mets made a decision to move him.
It's a pay cut for Frazier, who earned $20.25 million over the past two seasons, continuing the trend this winter of depressed free-agent values. He has 175 home runs over six-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
Frazier already has a unique relationship with one Mets fan.
Frazier is just a few years removed from back-to-back all-star appearances in 2014 and 2015 while with the Reds. Asdrubal Cabrera will now most likely shift to being the club's full-time second baseman and the prospect of a starting role for Jose Reyes is probably off the table.
Frazier, a two-time All-Star, is surehanded at third base, and his fielding saved about 10 extra runs over an average fielder a year ago, according to Baseball Reference.
Frazier is a graduate of Toms River South.