Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Joe Musgrove and Adam Frazier Garnering Trade Interest
The MLB Winter Meetings are approaching and there has been significant interest in Pirates players, including Joe Musgrove and Adam Frazier. New GM, Ben Cherington has indicated that no one is untouchable in trade talks as he tries to rebuild a winning club.
Starling Marte and Josh Bell have been considered prime candidates to be traded this offseason by the Pittsburgh Pirates due to their value. If Ben Cherington would like a full rebuild, these two would certainly net some top tier talent. But, according to Rob Biertempfel, of The Athetic, Joe Musgrove and Adam Frazier are garnering significant trade interest from other teams.
It isn’t a surprise that the team is receiving calls on these players. Musgrove is a proven winner with a team first mentality and Frazier can play multiple positions with some pop in his bat. It is seeming less likely that Musgrove is traded despite interest, but Frazier, on the other hand, has a better chance to be dealt. Teams such as the Phillies, Athletics, and Twins have shown interest in Frazier. Not to mention, the Pirates are in need of pitching, so it just makes less sense that Musgrove will be traded as he is becoming an established leader on this team.
If Ben Cherington wants to go full rebuild mode, trading Marte, Bell, and Frazier, among others wouldn’t exactly be a bad thing. It could be time for a total cleansing from the major league roster to the farm system. Trading these guys would provide a direct infusion of talent on all levels of competition. The Winter Meeting are taking place from December 8th through the 12th. It is worth wondering if there will be any moves made by the end.