Robinson Chirinos and Todd Frazier, who were both traded to the New York Mets from the Texas Rangers at the August 31 trade deadline, have each had their 2021 contract options declined, the Mets announced today. The pair are now free agents.
Chirinos and Frazier were each signed to one year deals with team options by the Rangers last offseason. Chirinos, whose team option for 2019 was surprisingly declined by the Rangers after the 2018 season, and then who signed with the Houston Astros for more than what the team option had been for, was brought back to share catching duties with Jeff Mathis. Chirinos struggled to stay healthy and didn’t hit when he was healthy, and ended up being dealt to the Mets for a player to be named later. Chirinos ended the year with a .132/.232/.243 slash line in 82 plate appearances.
Frazier was signed by the Rangers to be the team’s third baseman, but ended up moving to first base when Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a strong camp and first base candidates Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird did not. Like Chirinos, Frazier was dealt to the Mets for a player to be named later at the trade deadline.
Neither of the PTBNLs have been selected yet.