The Mets have agreed to sign third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract, pending a physical, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The Mets had been weighing their infield options for quite some time, but this move solidifies their infield, given the reality at the other positions.
Frazier can undoubtedly hit for power, as he hit 27 home runs last year, 40 in 2016, and 35 in 2015. The soon-to-be 32-year-old split last season between the White Sox and the Yankees, and in total, he hit .213/.344/.428 with a 108 wRC+. His defense has generally rated very well at third—well enough that his season came in at 3.0 fWAR last year despite the slightly-above-average offensive line.
For his career, Fraizer is a .245/.321/.459 hitter with a 111 wRC+, making his production last year pretty much right in line with expectations. Given all of that, it’s pretty surprising that Frazier was available for just $8.5 million per year on average. And his acquisition makes it clear that Asdrubal Cabrera will primarily play second base for the Mets as the 2018 season gets underway.