Pittsburgh Pirates: Ranking the Team’s Best Trade Chips

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Richard Rodriguez #48 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Jacob Stallings #58 after closing out the game 6-3 during interleague play at PNC Park on June 22, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Richard Rodriguez #48 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Jacob Stallings #58 after closing out the game 6-3 during interleague play at PNC Park on June 22, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 24: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 24, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 24: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 24, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /

Number one – second baseman Adam Frazier

There may not be a more sought after hitter available on the market this summer than Adam Frazier. With Frazier controlled through next season he will not be part of the next contending Pirate team, but being controlled through next season will also add to his trade value.

Another factor adding to Frazier’s trade value is that he is having not just the best offensive season of his career, but also one of the best seasons of any hitter in the NL this season.

Through his first 327 plate appearances this season Frazier is hitting for a .325/.394/.469 slash line to go with a 141 wRC+. He’s collecting extra base hits at a 9.5% rate and his 24 doubles are the second most in MLB.

Frazier also has career bests walk and strikeout rates this season. His 8.6% walk rate is a career high, while his 11.3% strikeout rate is a career low. His ability to hit lead off, as well as play the corner outfield positions, will also add to his trade value.

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It would be borderline shocking if Frazier is still a Pirate come August 1. He will not be a part of the next Pirate contender, his trade value has never been higher and he is arguably the most highly sought after trade chip on the market. Not only is Frazier a near slam dunk to be traded, he should net the Pirates a terrific return.

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