Report: Todd Frazier joins the Mets

Cross one third base option off the board: Todd Frazier has switched boroughs. He’ll suit up for the Mets next season. After joining the Yankees last summer in a trade with the White Sox, Frazier did a respectable job on the field while making a significant impact in the clubhouse. He’ll be missed in the Bronx.

As each day passes, and now especially with Frazier now unavailable, the likelihood of Miguel Andujar becoming the opening day third baseman increases. Andujar has plenty of upside, and has been ranked as high as 14th-best prospect in all of baseball, but is less of a sure thing in the short term. ZiPS is bullish on Frazier for 2018 and forecasts 3.5 WAR for the newest Met, whereas it projects 1.2 WAR for Andujar in similar playing time.

I’m disappointed that Frazier won’t return. $17 million for two years is quite team friendly. Even though the Yankees are striving to avoid paying the luxury tax this year, it’s not like this deal would have broken the bank. That type of deal wouldn’t block Andujar either should he force his way into a starting role.

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