The Texas Rangers turn to ex-Mets and Yankees racket Todd Frazier to insure themselves if they make a trade for the Colorado Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado.
Frazier, who has spent his last three seasons in New York, signed a one-year, $ 5 million contract with the Rangers on Sunday, several reports said.
The Dallas Morning News reported for the first time that an agreement had been reached.
The signing follows as the Rangers were anchored in trade talks with the Rocky Mountains for Arenado last month. They are still expected to pursue Arenado and move Frazier to the first base if they can. MLB network reported.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are also reportedly interested in acquiring Arenado.
Arenado has seven years and $ 234 million for his eight-year contract of $ 260 million. It includes an opt-out clause after the 2021 season and a full no-trade clause, which has made trading talks complicated.
Trade rumors surfaced after reports that Arenado was annoyed at how the Rockies had missed the playoffs at 71-91 last season.
"It feels like a remodel," said the 28-year-old seven-time gold glove winner in September, according to The Athletic.
While Frazier is not nearly as strong on the defensive, the 34-year-old completed 21 home races at the Mets last season and scored a .251 / .329 / .443 goal in 133 games.
Born in New Jersey, she spent two seasons with the Mets and half a season with the Yankees before.