Mets reportedly sign Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract

Mets reportedly sign Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract

Mets reportedly sign Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract

Perhaps this move will trigger other big name free agents to finally latch onto an Major League Baseball club for the 2018 season.

Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier has signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The deal is pending a physical. Overall, Frazier hit.213 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 147 games. Prior to the 2017 season, Frazier had signed a one-year deal with the White Sox.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway has some different options to explore on the left side of the infield, but the most likely scenario will see Asdrubal Cabrera moving from third to second base, with 22-year-old Amed Rosario getting the full-time job at short.

Todd Frazier won't have to change many of his New York City habits for the upcoming season. 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.

Frazier is entering his age-32 season.

That's not to say Frazier is sitting in a similarly precarious position but that his addition may not make the same kind of impact to New York's offense it might have two or three years ago. "I understand the fan base's frustration and we have the same frustration". The move was a homecoming for the slugging third baseman, who grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, where he led the Toms River East American team to victory in the 1998 Little League World Series; in celebration of their championship, the team was introduced at Yankee Stadium before the national anthem, for which Frazier stood next to his pinstriped shortstop counterpart, Derek Jeter.

The veteran third baseman drew the ire of a Mets fan last season after hitting a home run against the Rays during a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. If nothing else, the Mets should be able to expect a considerable amount of power from Frazier.

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