, Pittsburgh Pirates Knew They Weren’t Going To Get Elite Prospects For Adam Frazier, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Pittsburgh Pirates Knew They Weren’t Going To Get Elite Prospects For Adam Frazier

, Pittsburgh Pirates Knew They Weren’t Going To Get Elite Prospects For Adam Frazier, The Nzuchi News Forbes

One of the certainties of every Major League Baseball trading deadline is fans of teams selling players are going to feel their favorite team got ripped off in deals.

At least through taking the temperature on social Sunday night, Pirates fans certainly weren’t happy with the return Pittsburgh got from the San Diego Padres in a trade for second baseman Adam Frazier that is pending the players passing physicals.

Many fans felt the Pirates were going land at least two of baseball’s top-100 prospects in any deal for Frazier as the franchise continues its rebuild that began in earnest during the offseason when right-handers Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon and first baseman Josh Bell were traded.

Yet there was no chance of that happening. Pirates management knew the rest of the baseball world did not value Frazier so highly.

Frazier is a good player having a very good season. However, he is not the type of superstar who is going to cause teams to give up the best players in their farm system.

In fact, the Pirates included $1.2 million in the deal to cover the bulk of the remainder of Frazier’s salary this season just so they could get a better quality of prospects.

Getting a jump on the deadline that comes Friday, the Pirates received a three-prospect package headlined by Triple-A infielder/outfielder Tucapita Marcano and including Double-A right fielder Jake Suwinski and High-A right-hander Michell Miliano.

The Padres have five players ranked in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects. They did not give up any of them.

In their attempt to overtake the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race, the Padres are getting a player in Frazier who is having the best season of his six-year career.

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Frazier leads the major leagues with 125 hits and his .324 batting average is second to the .329 of the Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos. Frazier is also third in doubles with 28 and fifth in triples with four.

, Pittsburgh Pirates Knew They Weren’t Going To Get Elite Prospects For Adam Frazier, The Nzuchi News Forbes

It also helps Frazier’s value that he is not eligible for free agency until following the 2022 season.

Yet while Frazier has accounted for 2.9 bWAR this season and was the starting second baseman for the National League in the All-Star Game earlier this month, his aggregate WAR was just 6.2 over his first five seasons. At 29, he isn’t likely to have any better seasons than 2021 ahead.

The Padres, though, are certainly getting a useful player in Frazier even if they don’t have a clearly defined need for him. He is a left-hander contact hitter who can bat leadoff and play a strong second base as well as third base, shortstop and the three outfield positions.

One possibility is the Padres could play Frazier at second base and move Jake Cronenworth to first base. However, Eric Hosmer would become a very expensive bench player as he has four years and $60 million remaining on his eight-year, $144-million contract beyond this season.

Another possibility could be to use Frazier in right field and send Wil Myers to the bench. Myers, too, would be a pricey reserve with one more year and $23.5 million left after this season on his six-year, $83-million deal.

The Padres could also use Frazier in right field and have the left-handed hitting Hosmer and right-handed batting Myers platoon at first base.

Meanwhile, the best player coming back to the Pirates is Marcano, who has logged a bit of time in the major leagues with the Padres this season. The 21-year-old hit .182 in 25 games while five starts at second base and two starts each in left field and right field.

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