Todd Frazier Signs with the New York Mets

Todd Frazier Signs with the New York Mets

Prior to his brief time in Pinstripes in 2017, Todd Frazier debuted with the Cincinnati Reds on May 23, 2011. Cincinnati drafted the Little League hero from Trenton, NJ out of Rutgers University with the 34th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Draft.

Frazier, 31, who grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, would go on to spend the next five years (2011-2015) with the Reds where he would hit .253 with 99 home runs while driving in 324 runs. He would also become the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby champion in front of his home crowd in Cincinnati where the All-Star Game was being held.

Unfortunately for the slugging third baseman, he was traded following the 2015 season to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team trade that included the Los Angeles Dodgers.

During his first full season with the White Sox in 2016, Frazier would set career-highs in home runs (40), runs batted in (98), and base-on-balls (64). However, he would set a career-low in hitting with a .225 average in a 158 games.

In 2017, Frazier would get off to one of the worst starts of his career. In 81 games, the White Sox slugger only managed to hit 16 home runs while driving in just 44 runs, and hitting a paltry .207.

Then in July of that season, Frazier’s fortunes were about to change when the New York Yankees acquired the once-promising third baseman from the Chicago White Sox just after the All-Star break. Along with Frazier, the Yankees also received two one-time Yankees in Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. Both of whom would play big roles in their bullpen. In return, the White Sox received veteran pitcher Tyler Clippard, along with prospects Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo, and Blake Rutherford.

Frazier would finish the 2017 season batting .213 with 26 home runs, and 77 runs batted in between both the White Sox and Yankees. For his career, Todd Frazier has a career batting average of .245, with 175 home runs, and 498 runs batted in.

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