PORT ST. LUCIE — A few returning gamers provided the thumbs-up to the Mets’ signing of free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier.
“I believe he is a strong participant each offensively and defensively,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud stated of Frazier following a voluntary exercise on Tuesday on the Mets’ coaching complicated. “He is been a strong participant for his complete profession and I believe him taking part in in his hometown in New York goes to fireside him up and he’ll be amped up each single sport.”
The Jersey-bred Frazier, who will flip 32 subsequent week, agreed to a two-year deal value $17 million on Monday evening so as to add one other energy bat to the Mets’ lineup. Frazier has belted 67 house runs for the White Sox and the Yankees over the previous two seasons.
“I really feel actually good as a result of he is a veteran man and I can study lots from him,” second-year shortstop Amed Rosario stated via an interpreter. “I am in all probability going to select his mind out and I am trying ahead to being right here with him.”
Noah Syndergaard additionally tweeted a thumbs-down emoji on Monday evening, representing the gesture Frazier popularized with the Yankees after a Mets fan was proven on tv flashing his thumbs down on the third baseman throughout a Yankees-Rays sport that was performed at Citi Subject resulting from Hurricane Irma.
After present process season-ending surgical procedure in September, Michael Conforto is one other one of many early arrivals at First Information Subject. He performed catch in the course of the morning exercise.
Rosario, 22, enters this camp with a distinct mindset and standing from one yr in the past, because the anticipated beginning shortstop after showing in 46 late-season video games for the Mets in 2017.
He batted .248 with 4 homers and a .665 OPS — with 49 strikeouts and simply three walks — over 170 plate appearances.
“I really feel more healthy and extra ready for this yr since I had slightly little bit of time (within the majors). I do know what to anticipate now,” Rosario stated. “The sport’s slightly faster and I’ve to make changes faster, however I discovered lots and being there helps me for this yr.
“Now we have a wonderful pitching workers and I simply need everybody to be wholesome and to all be collectively on the sector, and it ought to be an ideal yr.”