New York Mets reach agreement with Todd Frazier

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The Mets lineup figures to be significantly deeper and more powerful with this signing and gives NY a more capable bench offensively.

Frazier, 31, had inked a $12 million, one-year deal with the White Sox last season. Asdrubal Cabrera will now most likely shift to being the club's full-time second baseman and the prospect of a starting role for Jose Reyes is probably off the table.

Frazier split last season between the White Sox and the Yankees, who acquired him along with relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson in a July 19 deal. In the final months of last season, the Mets lost Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Bruce, all clubhouse leaders; add to that Wright's longtime absence, and the need for a veteran voice was clear.

The Mets are also rumored to be going after Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn if their prices come down, and have repeatedly claimed to have tried for top targets after other teams already inked them.

Frazier joining the Mets will shake up the infield alignment.

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The Mets added some instant pop to their lineup Monday, reportedly reaching a deal with free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier. Otherwise this might be the high water mark of their offseason.

That's not to say Frazier is sitting in a similarly precarious position but that his addition may not make the same kind of impact to New York's offense it might have two or three years ago.

"We're thinking expansively", Alderson said two weeks ago. A kid who once took over New Jersey by leading his team to a Little League World Series title, Frazier has always stuck close to his roots.

The 2017 season was the third year in a row that the Mets belatedly cobbled together a solution at third base, as Wright played a combined total of just 75 games in 2015-16.