The New York Mets and veteran infielder Todd Frazier have agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
The Mets were in the hunt for a starting third baseman the entire offseason. With the team signing Frazier, it is clear that they have found what they were looking for. The Mets wanted another veteran presence in the clubhouse and Frazier is the perfect player for rookies Amed Rosario and Dom Smith to look up to.
Not only will Frazier be a key factor in the Mets' clubhouse, he looks to be the permanent starting third baseman entering the season, with David Wright's health concerns holding him back from returning to the playing field. Frazier also has the durability to play the first base position when Dom Smith needs a day of rest.
If the Mets find themselves a mile away from a playoff spot come the July 31st trade deadline, they could look to deal the two-time all-star to a contender for some mid-level prospects.
Frazier, who will be 32 years old next week, spent the 2017 season with the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. In 147 games, the righty hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs. The Mets can look for Frazier hitting 30 plus home runs and hit below .240 for them this upcoming season.
In his seven year career, the New Jersey resident has spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, White Sox, and Yankees. Frazier could possibly hit his 200th career home run later this season, as he currently has 175 long balls in his major league career.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from New York Mets, per Marlins' sideline reporter, Craig Minervini.
Granderson, 36, is a three-time all star. In his fourth season with the Mets, the lefty swinger has hit .228 with 19 HRs and 52 RBIs in 111 games this year. Granderson is a durable outfielder. He has the capacity to play all three outfield positions. He will provide excellent leadership for the Dodgers' young sluggers. Granderson will enter free agency at the season's end, and it is unclear if he will play next season.
The Mets will recieve a player to be named later.
The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a deal that will send infielder Neil Walker and cash considerations to Milwaukee, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The addition of Walker will slightly improve the Brewers' offense. Walker will likely start at second base on a regular basis. Current starters, Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard have not impressed Milwaukee's front office.
Walker, 31, is putting together an average season. He is batting .264 with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs in 265 at-bats this season. Walker accepted the Mets' qualifying offer last fall, which was worth $17.2 million for one year. Since Walker now has been traded mid-season, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer this offseason, and will elect free agency.
The Mets will acquire a player to be named later.
The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The Indians have quickly filled a position that they needed to cover. Their star outfielder, Michael Brantley, was placed on the disabled list earlier today due to an ankle sprain. Bruce will cover Brantley's spot in the lineup and Bruce's big time power will provide the Indians with an advantage.
Bruce, 30, is a three time all-star. He has put up all-star caliber numbers this season with the Mets. He is batting .258 on the season with 29 HRs and 75 RBIs. Bruce will be a free agent after the season.
The lefty will join the club tomorrow, as they hold a record of 60-51 entering play this evening. Bruce will help the Indians maintain their American League Central lead. They have a 3.5 game advantage over the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians will cover the rest of Bruce's contract. He is owed about $3 million.
The Mets will receive Low-A reliever Ryder Ryan in return.
The Boston Red Sox are set to acquire reliever Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for three pitching prospects, per Yahoo!'s Tim Brown.
The Red Sox have been in the market for a while now to acquire a set-up man and they believe that Reed is the player they need to fulfill that role. Reed will likely handle the eighth-inning role, with closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning slot.
Reed, 28, has pitched like a lockdown reliever all year. He has a record of 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 48 relief appearances. He has been the Mets' closer since Jeurys Familia was placed on the disabled list earlier this season. He has 19 saves this year. Also, he has an incredible 1.1 BB/9 ratio this season in 49 innings.
Reliever Gerson Bautista will head to the Mets organization. The Red Sox's #28 ranked prospect has a 3-2 record with an ERA of 5.16 in High-A this year. The 22-year-old's best pitch is his fastball which can reach the upper 90's and it's rated a 70 on the 20-80 scale.
Reliever Jaime Callahan will join Bautista in the Mets' organization as well. The 22-year-old righty is ranked as the Red Sox's #23 prospects. Callahan has pitched in AAA for a good chunk of the season. He is considered to be major league ready and his ETA is 2017.
In 22 relief appearances in AAA, he is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA.
The third prospect heading to the Big Apple is Stephen Nogosek. The #18 best prospect in Boston's system is also a relief pitcher. The 22-year-old righty has pitched mostly in High-A this year. In 13 relief appearances he is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA.
Major League Baseball has suspended closer Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets for 15 games without pay. Familia was arrested for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against his wife.
Due to the rules of his suspension, Familia must attend a domestic violence group in New York and appear in United States and Dominican Republic rookie programs.
Familia, 27, has been lights out as the Mets' closer since he made his debut in the majors in 2012. Familia has appeared in only one all star game, even though he has a 2.46 ERA and 100 career saves, which all have been in a Mets' uniform.
Last season, Familia once again regained his dominance. He had a 2.55 ERA, a league-leading 51 saves, and 84 strike outs in 77.2 innings.
With Familia out only 15 games, the Mets are likely to go closer-by-commitee.
The Mets open the season Monday, home against the Braves.