Todd Frazier signs with the Mets
The Super Bowl has come and gone and we are now less than two weeks away from spring training, so it certainly seems like time for these teams and free agents to start coming to agreements. After a quiet Monday afternoon, something finally happened after nightfall with the Mets agreeing to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets. First of all, the idea of the Red Sox looking at Frazier as a backup plan to J.D. Martinez had been gaining traction over the last 24-48 hours, so obviously that’s not going to happen anymore. That idea never really made much sense to me, as it was predicated on the idea that Frazier could play second base and I’m not sure how realistic that was. That being said, this is an incredibly team-friendly deal for the third baseman. I’m not the biggest fan of WAR in the world, but Frazier has been a consistent three-win player over his entire career and something for three years and between 35-45 million seemed like the market for that kind of player. For the most part this winter has been slow but when players have finally signed the contracts haven’t been too out of line with typical market value. That could be starting to crack as players become more and more frustrated by staying on the open market. The good news for the Red Sox is that Frazier seemed like a candidate to end up back with the Yankees, and now they will likely be going with rookies at both second and third base. Small victories!