The Mets have reportedly signed free agent infielder Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million deal. The signing comes shortly after Asdrubal Cabrera announced that he preferred to play second base. It seems the Mets had written in Cabrera as their third baseman for most of the offseason and Sandy Alderson almost seemed caught off guard when Cabrera declared he preferred to play second.
Frazier gives the club a home run bat, which Alderson seems to prefer. He also gives them a strong fielder at third base, which Alderson doesn’t seem to value as much but which, quite frankly, the club desperately needs. Last year’s infield defense was horrendous and a left side featuring Frazier at 3B and Amed Rosario at SS should be miles ahead of the Jose Reyes/Wilmer Flores combo at 3B and Cabrera/Reyes at SS that we saw too much of last year.
When the Mets re-signed Reyes earlier in the offseason, they explicitly said it was as a backup and the signing of Frazier would seem to make that a reality. But it will be interesting to see how much leeway both Frazier and Cabrera have with Reyes hanging around. Reyes gives the illusion of being a good leadoff hitter, something the club will need as long as Michael Conforto is out and Brandon Nimmo remains on the bench.