Frazier signed a two-year, $17-million contract so he could stay in New York and become the Mets’ third baseman.
Frazier, the Toms River, New Jersey, product, finished 2017 with the Yankees and had a ball. He helped create a social media thing when he turned Dunaier’s viral anti-Yankees thumbs down signal into a rallying cry as the Yankees came within a victory of the World Series.
“I’m very proud to say I’m a New York Met,” he said. “To have the opportunity to go from the Yankees to the Mets, I pinch myself every day.”
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Frazier spent most of the offseason dialing his agent, wondering when he was going to get a job in this maddeningly (for players and agents) slow signing season.
“It was very frustrating, to be honest,” Frazier said. “It’s something that you don’t really want to go through.”
General manager Sandy Alderson said Frazier’s signing allows the Mets to move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, which Cabrera recently said is his preference. It also allows the Mets to have certainty at third, a position that Alderson said has “been problematic for us for a couple of years.”
Frazier said he has texted with Wright and “he’s really excited to have me on the team and I’m excited to be on the team with him.”
Frazier’s Jersey roots are always with him, whether it’s his unmistakable accent or the memories of his 1998 Little League World Series championship team from Toms River.
In one of life’s happy coincidences, Frazier will be returning to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, site of the Little League World Series, this summer. The Mets and Phillies will play in the second MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field on Aug. 19.
Frazier, 31, hit a combined .213 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs for the White Sox and Yankees in 2017 and made $12 million. So you can imagine he probably was dreaming of that salary as a starting point on a three- or four-year deal. Didn’t happen. With just days to go before spring training, Frazier took the Mets’ offer, which allows him to stay near home.