The Pittsburgh Pirates have been getting a lot of contact about their veteran players. It seems that they could be closing in on a deal that would include their second baseman.
Entering the offseason, it was expected that the Pittsburgh Pirates would shop some of their veteran players like Starling Marte and Keone Kela. While there have been plenty of rumors about Starling Marte, the other most rumored player has been Adam Frazier. There have been plenty of updates from MLB insiders about how Frazier was one of the most popular names at the Winter Meetings.
The first day of the Winter Meetings brought this news. Jon Heyman said that he is actually drawing more interest from teams than Marte. This is likely because of the position he plays. The second base position is pretty light in terms of free agents, and, in general, seems to be harder to develop than outfielders.
With that being said, it was never really reported who was in on Frazier, just that there are teams interested. Looking through the teams that need second baseman, the two that stood out were the Philadelphia Phillies and the Oakland Athletics. There has been confirmation that Oakland is one of the teams interested in acquiring the left-handed hitter.
This news came out late last night here on the East Coast. Susan Slusser, the Athletics beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, is the one who reported the rumor. She posted it on Twitter saying that multiple teams are interested in the 27-year-old, including the Athletics. Here is what Slusser tweeted:
So not only are the Athletics interested, but there are at least two other teams as well. Slusser’s tweet basically states that the Pittsburgh Pirates have multiple offers on the table. Apparently, she is hearing that the Athletics’ package is not as valuable as the other two.
With that being said, it was interesting timing for the tweet. A lot of times last-minute trades happen during the final morning of the Winter Meetings. It sounds as if teams have put in official offers for Frazier. So maybe the Bucs will end up dealing Frazier before the Winter Meetings are officially all said and done. If not, it definitely sounds like a deal could be coming sooner than later.