New York Mets ink 3B Todd Frazier to 2-year deal

213 with 27 home runs with the White Sox and Yankees last season. Credit Ben Solomon for The New York Times

The Mets lineup figures to be significantly deeper and more powerful with this signing and gives NY a more capable bench offensively.

The New York Mets and Todd Frazier agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. As is customary at this point in the reporting/signing process, the deal is pending a physical. That speculation has included multiple teams throughout this offseason.

Prior to his brief time in Pinstripes in 2017, Todd Frazier debuted with the Cincinnati Reds on May 23, 2011. "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".

He made the National League All-Star team with the Reds in 2014 and 2015.

Frazier would finish the 2017 season batting.213 with 26 home runs, and 77 runs batted in between both the White Sox and Yankees. His addition will allow the Mets to move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where Cabrera is more comfortable.

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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.

Cabrera has publicly stated in the past his desire to play second base rather than third. The fact that the Mets signed a third baseman means they don't have high hopes for David Wright contributing in 2018.

Another possible option is giving a minor-league deal to free agent Yunel Escobar, who hit.274 average with seven homers and 31 RBIs over 89 games last season playing for the Los Angeles Angels.

The union between the Mets and Frazier hardly is a surprising one. 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.

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