New York Mets: Todd Frazier creates flexibility in 2018
The New York Mets agreed to a two-year deal with third baseman Todd Frazier on Monday night.
The 31-year would get $17 million if he passes his physical with the club. Frazier had 27 homers, 76 RBIs, and a .213 batting average as he spent last season with the Yankees and White Sox.
By bringing in Frazier the Mets have a few options to help them get better now and in the future.
If New York struggles to find success in 2018, then they can consider trading Frazier, since his contract might be appealing to other teams. Or the Mets could decide to trade away infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera’s contract is set to expire after the 2018 season and he would be a nice player to add mid-season.
New York may want to keep Frazier through the entirety of his contract, whether they are playing well or not. Adrian Gonzalez will be a free agent after this upcoming season and if Dominic Smith is not ready to become the Mets everyday first baseman, then Frazier would probably slide to that spot on the diamond.
The Mets have to be ready for anything in 2018 and beyond. With their rotation suffering a ton of injuries over the years, New York could find themselves in a situation where they have to trade some of their hitters or bullpen arms in order to fix that section of their roster.
The Mets look as if they can make the playoffs. However, with injuries and questions surrounding key players, the Mets will need Frazier to play consistent baseball. This will help their lineup become more of a threat in 2018.
Frazier’s best years of his career were 2014-2016. During that stretch, the veteran launched 104 homers and collected 267 RBIs as he earned two all-star nods.
Todd Frazier has to produce better at-bats to have a successful time with the New York Mets. Nevertheless, his deal already gives his new team a reason to be optimistic.