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The outlook of the Mets 2018 season dramatically changed late Monday night as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Mets inked third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal worth $17 million.

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The aforementioned Frazier deal could be one of the shrewdest signings of the offseason. In 2017, the third baseman posted a .213/.344/.428 slash line and slammed 27 home runs. Besides being known as a leader in the clubhouse, Frazier adds excellent defense to the Mets infield.

Despite rumors that speculate this deal could signal the end of David Wright‘s tenure with the Mets, Joel Sherman of The New York Post disclosed that Frazier is willing to play first base if Wright is able to return.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com believes the Mets are now turning their attention to the starting pitching market.

Besides co-aces Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, there isn’t much stability in the Mets rotation. Lance Lynn, Jason Vargas and Alex Cobb represent quality options that could be in the Mets price range.

The panelists at MLB Network released their list of the top starting pitchers and despite a lost 2017 campaign, the aforementioned Syndergaard placed seventh on their rankings.

According to Bill Whitehead, Juan Lagares‘s new swing features an uppercut that he’ll use to generate more power.

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World Series MVP George Springer agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million in order to avoid arbitration with the Houston Astros.

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, former MLB southpaw Phil Coke is attempting a comeback as a knuckleballer. The 35-year-old reliever last pitched a full season in the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

The Rangers have signed defensive-specialist Darwin Barney to a minor-league deal.

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Mets Merized Online’s Jacob Resnick tweeted that Eric Campbell is returning to the major leagues. After a 2017 campaign where he hit .191/.296/.298 with the Hanshin Tigers, “Soupy” agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins and will start on Opening Day as the Marlins cleanup hitter. (Kidding!)

The Marlins made another peculiar move yesterday. According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, they fired the man inside the Billy the Marlin costume.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network believes that the J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes are at an impasse because the Nationals are refusing to part with their highly-regarded prospects, Victor Robles and Juan Soto.

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Josh Finkelstein wonders if the Mets can take advantage of the Dodgers 40-man roster crunch.

MMO’s own Mathew Brownstein published his interview with the No. 1 ranked Mets prospect, Andres Gimenez

Rob Piersall previews the newest Met, Daniel Zamora.

Piersall also compares two Mets targets, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.

On This Date in Mets History 

One of the most underrated pitchers in Mets history was acquired 22 years ago today; Al Leiter accumulated 95 wins and a 3.42 ERA in his seven years with New York.

Legendary broadcaster Ralph Kiner died on this date in 2014.

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