Todd Frazier is sensible sufficient to not complain about signing a two-year contract for $17 million, which can purchase lots of pork roll sandwiches on the Jersey Shore.
But at his press convention at Citi Area on Wednesday there was no ignoring the apparent questions on this frozen free-agent market that these days has sparked verbal warfare between gamers and Main League Baseball.
And whereas fending them off for essentially the most half, repeatedly expressing his thrill to be the latest Met, Frazier admitted this isn’t the deal he had in thoughts after ready years for the chance.
“Being a free agent, that is what you’ve been making an attempt to get to,” Frazier mentioned. “Moreover profitable the World Sequence, that is what you stay up for as a participant. And to see what’s occurring now, it’s robust.
“All people might see what the worth was — or the place I ought to have been. However it’s like in baseball: You anticipate your self to hit .300, and when you hit .280, it’s nonetheless a reasonably good 12 months.”
In different phrases, Frazier little doubt went into the offseason considering he’d get at the least a three-year deal for $30-plus million for some staff, however when it grew to become clear no such alternative was on the market, he determined to take the Mets’ two-year provide and be completely happy it afforded him the chance to play close to his New Jersey residence.
Possibly he would have most well-liked to play for the Yankees, the place he had such a profitable run final season after being traded by the White Sox in July, however all indications are they had been solely keen on a one-year deal, with rookie Miguel Andujar on the horizon and maybe free-agent Manny Machado subsequent winter.
After the press convention on Wednesday, Frazier’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, hinted at that as properly, saying, “we completely maintained contact all through” with the Yankees.
“It was no secret that if we might work out parameters that work for either side, there was potential curiosity in exploring it,” Van Wagenen added. “However I’m not going to get into specifics about that.”
Frazier too mentioned “we had lots of conversations with the Yankees,” however clearly GM Brian Cashman was agency in his place, as had been different groups apparently, at the least by way of providing a multi-year deal.
All of which made it a protracted winter for Frazier, because it continues to be for dozens of unsigned free brokers, and he admitted he badgered Van Wagenen virtually each day.
“I’m certain he obtained uninterested in listening to from me,” Frazier mentioned with fun. “I saved saying, ‘hey what’s occurring? Do you want me to satisfy with some GMs? Fly someplace or one thing?’ I used to be making an attempt to be humorous about it, however I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was very irritating however you needed to be affected person.”
The Mets, in the meantime, had been all alongside in Frazier, however as GM Sandy Alderson indicated on Wednesday, absolutely went into the offseason considering his value can be too excessive.
In the long run, then, their endurance in ready out the market paid off.
“We’ve tried to be opportunistic,” Alderson mentioned. “Some alternatives arose for us that in all probability wouldn’t have been anticipated proper after the World Sequence.”
Alderson indicated the Mets had been weighing the professionals and cons between Frazier and Eduardo Nunez, as had been speculated, and should have been pushed towards Frazier at the least partly upon studying in a printed report final week that Asdrubal Cabrera would favor to play second.
“That was sort of a inexperienced gentle” for the Frazier signing, Alderson mentioned. Then it was a matter of deciding the time had come to acknowledge the unlikelihood of a comeback by David Wright.
“We thought he might nail down a place that has been problematic for us for a few years, within the occasion that David couldn’t come again,” Alderson mentioned. “That was as vital as something.
“Todd isn’t fairly the contact man as Nunez could be, however he has gotten extra disciplined on the plate the final 12 months or so, and we expect we are able to construct on that. And he gives us righthanded energy. That mixture was engaging.”
Alderson mentioned that Frazier’s “large character” was engaging as properly, and certainly everyone’s favourite former Little League World Sequence hero was fast to say he’ll embrace the thought of being a frontrunner, which the Mets might use.
“I like the problem,” he mentioned. “I find it irresistible. I don’t need to step on anyone’s toes, however possibly I will help lead the staff once I get to know everyone. I believe we’ve obtained an opportunity to make some noise right here.”
Sure, Frazier’s numbers could also be down a bit from a few years in the past, however he carries himself like a star, with a Derek Jeter-like assurance, actually, that he’ll get the large hit when wanted, as he’s achieved since he grew to become well-known at 12 years outdated.
In that sense, Frazier is made for New York, whether or not it’s the Yankees or the Mets, and since he needed to remain near residence, maybe the lengthy wait was price it for him.
“It was a loopy offseason, however I couldn’t ask for a greater end result,” was the best way he put it.
Properly, he did ask for a greater one, at the least financially, however in a winter when groups are decided to not overpay, Frazier lastly determined you are taking $17 million the place you may get it, all the higher if it’s, as he put it, “proper down the road.”