After debating between a number of different options, the New York Mets have convinced Todd Frazier to switch boroughs to play for the team he rooted for as a child. With his signing, Mets fans have offered a variety of opinions. In that light, our staff offers their opinion as to what their thoughts were on the Mets signing Frazier to be the team’s new third baseman.
Logan Barer – Thumbs Up
I have been very vocal about not wanting Asdrubal Cabrera to play second base. With the signing of Frazier, to my chagrin, Cabrera is almost locked in to be the second baseman. That being said, I agree with this move for a few reasons. First of all, the left side defense is now impeccable, reminiscent of Robin Ventura and Rey Ordonez (except not quite as good). Second, Frazier’s deal is an absolute steal. They got the hometown discount for a guy who will hit 30 home runs, get on base, and play great defense. Because of that, the Mets might still have money to pursue an innings-eater for the rotation, possibly even Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn. Thumbs up!
Mathew Brownstein -Wanted This To Happen
I’ve long been a proponent of signing veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, and when it was announced on Monday, I couldn’t have been more pleased. For the years (2) and pay ($17 million), it’s a no-brainer for the Mets to add one of the best defensive third baseman in baseball. Along with his superior defense (5th most DRS among third baseman since 2012 with 29), Frazier brings right-handed power (one of just eight right-handed hitters since 2014 with 130 or more home runs and a .220 or better ISO) and veteran leadership to a club that sorely misses that presence in captain, David Wright.
This below market signing for the soon to be 32-year-old was in part due to the slow and often cold hot stove this offseason. However, the Mets lucked out in their approach to wait out the free agent market. The poor defensive showing the Mets had in 2017, with a -70 DRS as a team which ranked dead last in all of baseball, needed to be addressed. This move shored up the left side of the infield for at least the next two seasons, pairing with the slick-fielding Amed Rosario as shortstop. It also should be noted that Frazier is a local guy from Toms River, New Jersey, and clearly enjoyed his time playing close to home. It’s also fun to see a local guy succeed, and one that appears extremely humble and cares about his local community.
Josh Finkelstein – Mets Closer to Contention
I really like the Frazier signing. One of the main things Alderson said he wanted to improve this offseason was defense. However, the Bruce signing clearly was not designed to improve that area and hearing Eduardo Nunez in contention to be signed made me think Alderson was considering ignoring his gut feeling at the beginning of the offseason because he was looking for a bargain. He ended up being able to get that bargain, and he was able to acquire a solid defensive third baseman at the end of the day. This deal was well worth the wait and the best aspect of it might be yet to come. The value of this deal allows the Mets to sign a starting pitcher still, which they really need to do. If they can sign Lynn or Cobb, I will feel really confident about this team’s ability to compete not only for a Wild Card spot, but also challenge the Nationals to win the NL East.
Ed Leyro – Bargain
Two years and $17 million is a bargain for a power bat who can also handle the defensive part of the bargain (10 DRS at third base in 2017). It’s also a heady signing because it gives much needed balance to the lineup. Once Conforto is healthy, Callaway can pencil in a 3-4-5-6 combo of Michael Conforto, Yoenis Céspedes, Jay Bruce and Frazier, alternating left-handed and right-handed hitters. It will certainly be fun to watch what that foursome can do at the plate.
John Jackson – Not Moustakas, But Not Bad Either
Towards the beginning of the offseason, I thought the Mets should have gone all in by signing Mike Moustakas. As the days get closer to Spring Training, I thought they had a much better chance at getting him as the idea of him taking less money or less years at this point seemed possible. That ship has clearly sailed after signing Todd Frazier, but after further review, it’s for the best. The Mets can’t afford to go after a guy who only had a couple of good seasons. Since 2012, Frazier has put up a fWAR of 2.5 or better every year. During the same time period Moustakas has only done so twice. A large part of the higher fWAR numbers is that Frazier is better defensively. With as poor as the Mets were defensively, this is the type of player they needed to add. The fact that he’ll get an affordable $17 million over two years sweetens this deal. Although Frazier is slightly older and has put up very low batting averages the last couple of years, a player’s value to his team goes beyond simplistic numbers like those.
Rob Piersall – Mets One Move Away
At the end of the day, Frazier was the smartest infield acquisition the Mets could have made in my opinion. I know a lot of fans were clamoring for Moustakas, but if you look at their peripherals, Frazier bests him in a lot of categories and is similar in several others. I did an article on the two where you can see the comparisons. The Mets waited out the market and for $17 million over two years, they got themselves a bargain. Frazier brings an intensity, veteran presence to this team and gives them strong defense at the hot corner with some pop in the middle of the lineup. Now the Mets should focus on getting a starter like Lynn or Cobb and a LOOGY like Tony Watson and I think you can call this offseason a success.
Dilip Srindhar – Makes The Mets Better
I was about dead split on Todd Frazier and Neil Walker for the last infield spot but I was very happy with either. Either make the team better and that’s what Frazier does. For just 8 million in 2018, the Mets get a guy who has posted two straight years of a 3.4 WAR and posted two 4+ win seasons in 2014 and 2015. Put it simply, Frazier is a good player, he makes the Mets better, and he’s well worth his contract. It’s really difficult to not like this move.
John Sheridan – Excited Yet Melancholy
Initially, I was so excited that on Mets Daddy, I wrote about how Frazier could be this generation’s version of Robin Ventura. While I still believe this to be true, upon reflection, there is a certain sense of melancholy surrounding the Frazier signing. However, at the end of the day, this signing was yet another indication we may never see David Wright play again for the New York Mets. Really, we are just a step closer to hearing what we all know to be true confirmed. When that does happen, it will be among the saddest days in Mets history.
Overall, our staff is quite excited about the acquisition. Do you share our optimism? We look forward to seeing your opinions in the comments section.