Mets Sign Todd Frazier to Two-Year Deal

Mets Sign Todd Frazier to Two-Year Deal

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

Frazier hit well down the stretch for the Yankees last season - compiling 11 homers, 32 RBIs and a.222/.365/.423 line in 66 games. That speculation has included multiple teams throughout this offseason. "There is no question we've had some focus at second or third, we'll continue to have that as partially as a focus, but no, we're looking at ways we can improve the team".

Selected by Cincinnati with the 34th-overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, Todd Frazier played the first five seasons of his major league career with the Reds before being traded to the White Sox in December 2015.

The Yankees acquired Frazier in the same July trade that also brought relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle over from the White Sox.

Noah Syndergaard immediately tweeted his approval (or disapproval?) of the move, posting a thumbs down emoji to Twitter.

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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.

All in all, this is a solid move by the Mets and deepens their lineup for the upcoming season as they look to make the playoffs for the third time in four years. Baseball-Reference estimated that Mets third basemen were a combined 0.2 wins above replacement, mainly due to the hot bat of Cabrera once he agreed to shift over from second base; he finished the year with a modest 1.1 WAR, while Flores (-0.2 WAR) and Reyes (-0.6) were both underwater.

That leaves $14 million, and the Yankees still want to add a veteran starting pitcher, so to do that and sign a third baseman, they may have dump a salary.

Frazier, a two-time All-Star, is surehanded at third base, and his fielding saved about 10 extra runs over an average fielder a year ago, according to Baseball Reference.

Frazier already has a unique relationship with one Mets fan. Frazier and the Yankees would embrace the symbol as their own, frequently giving one another a thumbs down after reaching base.

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