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Report: Mets sign Todd Frazier to two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million deal, pending a physical.

Frazier, who turns 32 years old in a week, spent last season with the White Sox and Yankees. He hit a combined .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 576 plate appearances.

An average annual value of $8.5 million and only two years seems light for a player of Frazier’s caliber. However, given his age and slowly declining production as well as the glacial pace of the free agent market, it’s not surprising.

As MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports, Frazier will slot in as the club’s full-time third baseman. Amed Rosario will handle shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera will play second base, and Adrian Gonzalez first base. Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes will be the backups.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.