Mets Reach Deal With Former Yankees Third Baseman Todd Frazier

With Todd Frazier reportedly going to Mets, will 'Thumbs Down Guy' become 'Thumbs Up Guy?'

So, the ability to perform under the pressure of NY shouldn't be too much of a question.

Free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier has signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. As is customary at this point in the reporting/signing process, the deal is pending a physical. He was traded from the White Sox to the Yankees last summer and anchored third base for a team that advanced to the ALCS, losing in Game 7 to the Astros.

Anything the Mets may get out of David Wright this year is a bonus and now they have a legitimate third baseman by signing the soon to be 32 year old Frazier for the next two years. He hasn't played in the big leagues since May 2016. 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.

Cabrera has publicly stated in the past his desire to play second base rather than third. The Mets have several options for infield depth.

A kid who once took over New Jersey by leading his team to a Little League World Series title, Frazier has always stuck close to his roots. For his career, Todd Frazier has a career batting average of.245, with 175 home runs, and 498 runs batted in. If nothing else, the Mets should be able to expect a considerable amount of power from Frazier. In the final months of last season, the Mets lost Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Bruce, all clubhouse leaders; add to that Wright's longtime absence, and the need for a veteran voice was clear. Frazier has hit at least 25 home runs in each of the last four seasons.He hit a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBI in 2016 with the White Sox.

Birthplace: Toms River, N.J.

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