Numerous biggest Major League Baseball free agents remain unsigned, but one got a deal on Monday. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, New York has reached an agreement with veteran infielder Todd Frazier on a two-year, $17 million contract.
The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending a physical.
"I love playing at home", Frazier said past year after he was traded to the Yankees, his favorite team as a kid.
At least they, unlike many other teams, made a deal happen.
For the Mets, this is a significant improvement at a low cost, one that strongly suggests they don't expect any contribution from David Wright, who didn't play at all last season.
In an unusually depressed free agent market, the Mets have spent $72.5 million this winter on five players. "It's not something that's lost on any of us", Wilpon said. Two years after getting to the World Series, they faded to 70-92 for their worst record since 2009.
A native of Toms River, New Jersey, Frazier also tweeted playing for the Yankees was a "dream come true" when the Chicago White Sox sent him to the Big Apple in July. Frazier, known for his big, effusive personality, immediately had an impact in the clubhouse; he took on a leadership role, which is unusual for a player who arrived during the season in a trade. If nothing else, the Mets should be able to expect a considerable amount of power from Frazier.
Despite much criticism, Sandy Alderson has actually been one of the most aggressive general managers thus far in what has been an incredibly boring offseason.
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