The Pittsburgh Pirates are entering an integral part of the year for the rebuilding plans, the 2021 Trade Deadline.
Tick, tick, tick… the 2021 Trade Deadline is just eight days away. The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to be one of the most active teams on this year’s market. They have multiple players who could be flipped by July 30th.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are still rebuilding. Ben Cherington has taken his time in doing so, never settling for deals and selling players when he receives the value he believes worthy of making the deal. We saw this with Starling Marte who he waited until well after the year’s Winter Meetings. He also did the same with Joe Musgrove, who he decided to hold onto at last year’s deadline, and in turn, allowed Musgrove to boost his stock.
He has taken this same approach with second baseman Adam Frazier. Frazier was one of the Pittsburgh Pirates two 2021 All-Stars. However, after last year one would not have guessed that would be the case. Frazier had the toughest year of his career in 2020, as did many players. The Front Office was in a tough spot this past offseason with what to do with Frazier.
One of the team’s choices was to sell him in the offseason, using two years of contractual control and his track record as a point for value. The other option was to keep him and hope he would rebound in some way. Frazier has rebounded in a big way, and it is likely going to lead to a positive outcome for both sides. Frazier is going to get a chance to go to an immediate contender and start, while the Pittsburgh Pirates will grab worthy pieces for the rebuild. So who seems most likely at this point?