By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent Todd Frazier was looking for a team before spring training started. Frazier, who was one of several big-name players still on the market, decided to stay in the Big Apple.
No, he is not returning to the New York Yankees, where he played following a trade with the Chicago White Sox last season. Instead, he’s signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets.
Frazier will make $17 million over the next two seasons. His contract is pending a physical.
He’ll join Jay Bruce, who signed with the team last month, as key additions this off-season. Bruce, who was dealt to the Cleveland Indians prior to the trade deadline, decided to return to Citi Field this season.
Last season between the White Sox and the Yankees, the Toms River, New Jersey native had a .213 batting average. He also had 27 home runs and 76 RBIs.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson previously said the team would focus on adding infield help.
“We’re thinking expansively,” Alderson said two weeks ago. “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.”
The Mets were tied in the National League last season with 224 home runs. Frazier, who returns to the National League after beginning his career with the Cincinnati Reds, has had at least 25 home runs over the past four seasons.
He did; however, have a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs in 2016 while a member of the White Sox.
Frazier is expected to be the team’s third baseman starting immediately. The team has had to deal with injuries to David Wright in recent yards, causing different rotations in the starting lineup. Wright has not played in a game since May 26th, 2016.
Asdrúbal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores both split time at third base last season. Now, they are expected to share time at second base.
On the Mets roster, Jose Reyes is presently listed as their starting second baseman. Reyes, who re-signed with the team for one-season, is also listed as the backup to Amed Rosario at shortstop.
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