The Texas Rangers and third base Todd Frazier have reached an agreement on a $ 5 million one-year contract, according to ESPN, satisfying a significant need for the team.
The deal, which is pending physically, includes a team option for the 2021 season, sources said. If the option were exercised, Frazier would earn $ 9.25 million in two years.
Third base is a primary requirement for the Rangers, who lost the hunt for the best free agent Anthony Rendon in this offseason when the Texas native signed with the Los Angeles Angels division rival. Frazier also provides a right hitter in the middle of a left formation, and could play first base if Texas adds more players.
Adrian Beltre, four times All-Star and five times Gold Glove third base who had 3,166 career hits, has retired after the 2018 season. He has played the last eight of his 21 big league seasons with Texas.
The Rangers added veteran Asdrubal Cabrera to the last offseason, and hit .235 as he started 90 games before being released in late July. He then signed with the Washington Nationals and played second base while he was part of their race for the World Series, alongside Rendon.
Five other players started games at third base for Texas last season.
Frazier, twice an All-Star in eight major league seasons, hit .251 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 133 games last season for the New York Mets.
He is a .243 career hitter with 214 home runs and 624 RBI.
Frazier was an All-Star in 2014 and 2015. He hit 35 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015 and won the Home Run Derby, so he set the highest career levels with 40 homers and 98 RBI for the Chicago White Sox in 2016.
Frazier, who hails from New Jersey, was a 1998 World League champion in Toms River and later starred in Rutgers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.