Mets Add Veteran Bench Pieces From Rangers

The Mets snuck a pair of late moves under the wire by acquiring C Robinson Chirinos and 3B Todd Frazier from the Rangers in exchange for a pair of players to be named later and cash considerations.

The Mets, who sit five games back of the Braves in the NL East but just 2.5 games back of a wild card spot, can use Chirinos to upgrade their backup catcher spot, which is currently held by Ali Sanchez, and Frazier can fill in at third base when J.D. Davis needs a day off. Davis left Sunday’s second game of a doubleheader with a hip injury and is not scheduled to play tonight, so Frazier provided extra injury insurance.


Robinson Chirinos, C

Age: 36

Simply, Chirinos gives the Mets a little more of a veteran player to pair with Wilson Ramos behind the plate. The nine-season major leaguer has also been a part of three playoff clubs, including the 2019 AL pennant-winning Astros. He’s not a great hitter or defender, but he’s been there before, which should provide help down the season’s final stretch.

Todd Frazier, 3B

Age: 34

Frazier gives the Mets a veteran piece off the bench for their infield or at DH. He hasn’t been particularly effective in 2020, but showed enough power in 2019 to sock 21 home runs with the Mets, where he returned on Monday. If nothing else, he’ll provide a familiar clubhouse presence as the team tries to navigate back to the postseason.


Players To Be Named Later or Cash

Players not on team’s 60-player pools are not allowed to be traded until minor league contract’s current suspensions for the coronavirus pandemic are lifted. Baseball America will update as the players names become official.

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