Mets reportedly agree to sign Todd Frazier for two years, $17 million

Mets pull Todd Frazier out of free agency for $17M

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Perhaps this move will trigger other big name free agents to finally latch onto an Major League Baseball club for the 2018 season.

Sources tell MLB.com's Anthony DiComo that Todd Frazier agreed to a two-year deal with the Mets on Monday. As is customary at this point in the reporting/signing process, the deal is pending a physical. The New Jersey native had 27 home runs in 2017 but batted just.213, which likely contributed to the somewhat modest amount of money he is signing for. Frazier did manage to hit a total of 56 home runs in his one-plus seasons with the White Sox, but the third baseman produced a batting average of just.220.

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Frazier, a welcome midseason acquisition for the Yankees a year ago, will play third base, filling a hole that has always been vacated by an ailing David Wright and temporarily occupied by Asdrubal Cabrera, a natural shortstop. His thumbs-down celebration-adapted from the reaction of a New York Mets fan-became a staple for Yankees players. 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.

At least they, unlike many other teams, made a deal happen.

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Frazier is entering his age-32 season. That speculation has included multiple teams throughout this offseason. As Frazier circled the bases, the fan showed his displeasure by giving him a thumbs down. Both of whom would play big roles in their bullpen.

The Mets still have Wright on the roster, but the longtime third baseman's future is in doubt after injuries and a chronic back condition limited him to 75 regular-season games over the last three years. If nothing else, the Mets should be able to expect a considerable amount of power from Frazier.

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