Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier has signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the New York Mets. The deal is pending a physical.
The 2-time All-Star and former 2015 Home Run Derby champion was one of the most sought-after free agent third baseman on the market this offseason and has now become the first domino to fall in a long time during this long and desolate offseason.
Frazier, 31, signed a 1-year, $12 million deal with the Chicago White Sox in 2017. Frazier was then traded to the New York Yankees in late July. In 2017, Frazier hit a combined .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs including 76 RBI in 576 plate appearances.
The New York Mets have been making a splash this offseason, signing Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez in an attempt to add offensive depth and create a more formidable lineup. The Mets are out to prove that they can contend in the NL East and possibly squeak into the Wild Card Game.
The Toddfather will receive an average annual salary of $8.5 million, which while it seems a bit light for a player of Frazier’s caliber, it is understandable due to the fact that Frazier is turning 32 this week and is likely to see a decline as he moves further and further away from his prime.
Despite his age, Frazier is, according to many sources, a great guy and was a good clubhouse motivator during the Yankees playoff run. Frazier’s personality and his clubhouse manner set him apart from many and makes him a fan favorite. Frazier will reportedly resume the role of full-time starting third baseman for the Mets in 2018.
Overall, this deal was a bargain for the Mets, as they will now have stud third baseman hitting in the middle of their lineup, along with a great dugout presence and leader as well. New York will get Frazier for cheap and will utilize him to the best of their abilities. Frazier will play just across town from his former team and will get to experience the rivalry from the other end as well as being the leader of a (mostly) young Mets squad.
Hopefully, this deal will open the floodgates to many more free agent signings as Spring Training comes closer and closer to commencement.