Todd Frazier the free agent third baseman will switch teams but remain close to his home as sources report that Frazier will sign a deal with the New York Mets and become the regular at the hot corner that has been up in the air since an injury to David Wright.
Someone familiar with what is taking place between Frazier and the Mets said on Monday that the two agreed to a deal for two years and $17 million, but Frazier must pass a physical before the deal is completed.
Frazier played for the Toms River, New Jersey Little League team that won the Little League World Series in 1998 and was later a star with Rutgers. He finished last season with cross-city rival the New York Yankees.
He was traded to the Yankees in July of last year by the White Sox and for the year hit .213 with 27 homers and 76 runs batted in.
Popular with any team he has played on, Frazier has drawn cheers everywhere from the locals when playing around New York.
Last year Frazier said he loved playing close to home following his trade to New York. The Yankees were his favorite team growing up.
In 2015, Frazier had 35 home runs with Cincinnati and won the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. He set highs for his career in home runs with 40 and RBIs with 98 in 2016 with the White Sox.
A steady player on defense during his entire career, Frazier has played in the All-Star Game twice and will be 32 next week. While third base has been his home for his entire big league career, he has played some at first, which may be handy for the Mets with a pair of left-handed hitters that play there.
This move means that Asdrubal Cabrera will likely start for the Mets at second instead of third.
The deal for Frazier comes just one week prior to the start of spring training in what has been a very slow free market all winter.
The COO of the Mets Jeff Wilpon defended the offseason spending by the team last month after being criticized by fans, but saying the team was likely to make more moves before the season started.
He added that being in the top five in overall payroll did not win them a World Series so the team he added has a goal of first reaching the playoffs, then doing well and trying to win a World Series but not trying to be one of the top five in payroll.