Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

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

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

His addition will allow the Mets to move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where Cabrera is more comfortable.

Frazier, who hit.213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs previous year, doesn't provide the statistical splash that a Mike Moustakas would, but it long appeared that the Mets weren't seriously in the running for that big-ticket player. So, the ability to perform under the pressure of NY shouldn't be too much of a question. He went 7-for-24 in the ALCS against the future World Series-winning Astros with a home run and four RBI, and had a regular season fielding percentage of.960 with 13 errors, which is above league average at least.

Frazier isn't exactly coming off the best season of his career.

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, Frazier's deal includes no incentives and is without a no-trade clause, though Frazier would get a $500,000 bonus if the Mets made a decision to move him. From the standpoint of the soon-to-be 32-year-old third baseman, this is a steep discount that many other mid-market free agents may settle for as spring training approaches.

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Unfortunately for the slugging third baseman, he was traded following the 2015 season to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team trade that included the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last season's Yankees and White Sox third baseman is moving boroughs to join the Mets for the 2018 season.

In 2017, Frazier would get off to one of the worst starts of his career. Frazier, known for his big, effusive personality, immediately had an impact in the clubhouse; he took on a leadership role, which is unusual for a player who arrived during the season in a trade.

The Frazier signing hampers David Wright's latest comeback attempt. 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.

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