After introducing new 3B Todd Frazier on Wednesday at Citi Field, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Frazier will give the team the stability at third base they've lacked over the last few years.
The Mets have largely been without David Wright since 2015, due to spinal stenosis and other health issues.
"We have been talking about Todd for several weeks," Alderson said, adding that he's happy those talks "finally culminated in a contract."
Noting that Frazier will give the Mets "a package" of power, plate discipline, and solid defense, Alderson said the team zeroed in on third base options after Asdrubal Cabrera expressed his preference to play second base.
"There was no question that Todd was the best option in that regard," Alderson said. "I think it really had to do with defense."
"A big personality from jersey," Alderson added about Frazier, "and we're looking forward to that presence in the clubhouse."
"The clubhouse consideration was important to us," Alderson added, explaining that "culture in the clubhouse" -- from players, to managers and coaches, to medical staff -- has been a focus with every addition they've made this offseason.
Regarding Frazier's low batting average in 2017, Alderson told SNY's Steve Gelbs it could've been "depressed for a number of reasons," saying that the fact that Frazier's chase rates have come down a bit could lead to harder contact and a better average on balls in play.
The 32-year-old Frazier, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million earlier this week, hit .213/.344/.428 with 27 HR in 147 games for the Yankees and White Sox in 2017, while being worth 10 DRS (defensive runs saved) at third base.