The Mets’ infield was a big focus all offseason. With spots open at both corners and even at second base, the team went out and signed three major league infielders. The gem of the signings was Todd Frazier, who agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal just a few weeks ago.
Frazier is expected to play a huge role for the Mets this year. Between his time with the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees last year, Frazier produced a 108 wRC+ and a career-high 14.4% walk rate. Additionally, he hit .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs. While his low batting average and 21.7% strikeout rate raise concern, he finished the season with a solid 3.9 bWAR. While his bat will add much-needed pop to the Mets lineup, his glove will also be well received. He is a true third baseman who produced a 6.3 dWAR last season.
Looking ahead to next season, PECOTA projects Frazier to hit .233/.313/.430 with 23 home runs and 71 RBIs. The Steamer projection is very similar, as it has him slashing .227/.318/.437 with 26 home runs and 73 RBIs. One note from the Steamer projection is that it projects Frazier to take fewer walks and increase his strikeout rate to 22.8%.
Regardless, the Mets would welcome a season mirroring either of those projections. Third base has been an unsolved issue for some time as David Wright’s inability to get back on the field continues. Frazier brings stability and leadership to the infield, something the Mets needed so desperately—a challenge he says he loves.