MLB: Are the Mets set after signing Todd Frazier?
The New York Mets signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal worth $17 million on Monday night. He was with the New York Yankees during the 2017 season. Frazier experienced playoff baseball for the first time in his career last season. He and his teammates were one win away from heading to the World Series.
At 31 years old, Frazier hopes to bring that winning mindset to the Mets. His batting average last season was .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI's along with four stolen bases. Despite his .213 batting average, his on-base percentage was .344. That means he has a good eye at the plate and draws walks.
I would have liked to see the Mets go after Mike Moustakas instead, but Frazier was a cheaper option for them and it may not be a bad one if Frazier is in the zone. Are the Mets finally set with signing Todd Frazier?
The Mets are set after signing Frazier because the market this offseason has been really quiet and general manager Sandy Alderson is satisfied they could win a World Series with the roster they currently have right now.
Frazier will most likely be starting at third base on Opening Day. The other infield starters will be Amed Rosario at shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Adrian Gonzalez at first base. The key backups will be Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera and Dominic Smith.
The starting outfield will be Michael Conforto in left, Yoenis Cespedes in center and Jay Bruce in right. Conforto may not be ready for the start of the season because of offseason shoulder surgery. If that's the case, either Juan Lagares will play center and Cespedes will move to left or Brandon Nimmo will play left and Cespedes will stay in center.
Travis d'Arnaud will be the starting catcher and Kevin Plawecki will probably be the backup. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob DeGrom, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey will be in the starting rotation. Chris Flexen, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman will compete for the final spot in the rotation.
Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos will compete for the closer role. Other than that, the lineup will most likely look like this under new manager Mickey Callaway in 2018.
1. (SS) Amed Rosario
2. (LF) Michael Conforto
3. (CF) Yoenis Cespedes
4. (RF) Jay Bruce
5. (3B) Todd Frazier
6. (1B) Adrian Gonzalez
7. (2B) Asdrubal Cabrera
8. (C) Travis d'Arnaud