Mets, Todd Frazier agree to two-year deal

Jonathan Hernandez
February 6, 2018

Frazier, 31, is one of the fortunate ones in a group of free agents who remain unsigned on the cusp of spring training. Late Monday, they agreed to a deal with third baseman Todd Frazier for two years and $17 million, according to multiple people familiar with the contract who requested anonymity because the deal was pending a physical examination.

Frazier, who hit.213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs a year ago, doesn't provide the statistical splash that a Mike Moustakas would, but it long appeared that the Mets weren't seriously in the running for that big-ticket player. 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.

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 previous year.

Ignore the batting average and Frazier's numbers also compare favorably to the.269/.315/.413 combined line of the eight players the Mets used at third base in 2017, with Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes accounting for three-quarters of the playing time.

Todd Frazier is staying in NY. In the final months of last season, the Mets lost Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Bruce, all clubhouse leaders; add to that Wright's longtime absence, and the need for a veteran voice was clear.

Todd Frazier has hit at least 25 home runs each of the last four seasons.

Sandy Alderson previously said while he has had some "focus" on improving the infield, the team was thinking "expansively" this offseason.

"I get what the fan perception is". He hasn't played in the big leagues since May 2016.

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

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