Unquestionably, the Mets are better today after reportedly agreeing to terms with third baseman Todd Frazier on a two-year, $17-million deal.
Frazier improves the Mets four ways:
- He gives them a proven, veteran third baseman for the next two seasons.
- He alleviates the David Wright issue. There’s no reason to think about him returning now.
- He allows Asdrubal Cabrera to play second base, which he prefers.
- He strengthens the bench because it enables them to concentrate on Jose Reyes in a platoon at second and third.
Frazier hit 67 homers in the last two years, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway told The Post there’s more to him than just power.
“He’s a baseball player,’’ Callaway said. “And you know what he did at the end of the season when we were preparing to play the Yankees, he made some adjustments at the plate. He stopped chasing balls.
“He stopped trying to go down there and flick that ball to left, he was laying off balls that he was going after in the past. You look at his average (.213), but that’s going to change if he continues to do what he did the last month of the season.’’
“He’s a great defender. He’s a great baserunner, too. He can really, really run the bases. Every time we’d go into town and played him, our bench coach, who controlled the running game, would come up to me and say, ‘We’ve got to make sure to keep Frazier close at first, he gets that running lead.’ He puts pressure on the other team.’’
Frazier improves the Mets, but does he make them overcome the 22 games needed to reach .500?