With a 38-60 record, the Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be going nowhere fast this season. So they’ve decided to move one of their few stars as the trade deadline approaches.
According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Pirates are trading second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier to the San Diego Padres. MLB insider Robert Murray reported that the Pirates are getting three players back in exchange.
The Padres are 58-43 and currently have the second Wild Card spot, trailing the Giants by 5.5 games in the NL West. Given the season Frazier is having, he could help them get closer to the division title.
Frazier is coming off his first trip to the All-Star Game and currently leads Major League Baseball in hits. He doesn’t hit free agency until after next season though.
The San Diego Padres are acquiring second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources tell ESPN.
Frazier, 29, leads baseball in hits this year and is not a free agent until after the 2022 season. One of the best bats on the trade market.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 25, 2021
Sources: Adam Frazier is being traded to the San Diego Padres, pending medicals. 3 players are going to the Pittsburgh Pirates. First reported: @JeffPassan.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 25, 2021
Adam Frazier made his MLB debut in 2016, appearing in 66 games and recording 44 hits with 21 runs. He earned a full-time spot on the roster the following year and has been a regular in the starting lineup ever since.
In 2019, Frazier had his best year to date, making a career-high 154 hits, 33 doubles and 80 runs.
But this year he’s been on pace to eclipse all of those marks. He currently has 125 hits in 424 plate appearances, with 28 doubles, 58 runs and a career-high .327 batting average.
Adam Frazier will have to keep those strong numbers up with the Padres want to get their money’s worth over the next two years.
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