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.