Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mets, Todd Frazier agree to two-year deal

Mets, Todd Frazier agree to two-year deal

Todd Frazier won't have to change many of his New York City habits for the upcoming season.

This Toms River son will stay in the Big Apple.

Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier has found a new team, with sources confirming to FanRag Sports that he as agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million with the New York Mets. Frazier's days of being an All-Star are likely behind him, but he's still good at getting on base and hitting for power while playing good defense at the hot corner. As is customary at this point in the reporting/signing process, the deal is pending a physical.

In 66 regular season games with the Yankees, he hit.222 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. On days Wright plays, the Mets could theoretically push Frazier to first base in place of either Adrian Gonzalez or Dominic Smith. Cabrera likely will shift to second base, with Amed Rosario at shortstop.

The signing of Frazier figures to be the last major move the Mets make this offseason. 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.

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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. Frazier is the Mets' second notable signing after they reunited with Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.

Frazier's best seasons came with the Reds, for whom he was twice named an All-Star.

Frazier, a two-time All-Star, is surehanded at third base, and his fielding saved about 10 extra runs over an average fielder previous year, according to Baseball Reference. Frazier's addition is a clear signal that Mets brass isn't counting on Wright to contribute in 2018 as he attempts a comeback from two surgeries and manages spinal stenosis.

Frazier is a graduate of Toms River South.

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