Pittsburgh Pirates: Recapping Where Recently Traded Players Are Now
By Noah Wright
When the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Adam Frazier, he was coming off a tremendous first half of the season. He earned the starting nod at second base for the National League All-Star team. In the first half of the season, Frazier batted .330/.397/.463 with a .373 wOBA and 134 wRC+. After being a roughly league-average hitter in previous seasons, that was a massive step forward. He also brought some defensive value as a good second baseman and a usable corner outfielder.
Frazier was sent to the San Diego Padres for three players at the trade deadline: utility man Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Jack Suwinski, and relief pitcher Michell Milano. However, despite his blazing hot start to the season, Frazier faltered in the second half. He posted an extremely poor .266/.323/.332 line, .290 wOBA, and 83 wRC+ in the second half.
Frazier’s time with the Padres was very short. With an overabundance of middle infielders, the Padres sent Frazier to the Seattle Mariners, essentially to try and shed his salary. The two players the Friars received for Frazier, pitcher Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier, were unranked prospects in the M’s system, per FanGraphs. Kerr does come in at no. 28 on San Diego’s top 30 board on MLB Pipeline. Frazier has opened the season in somewhat of a time-share with Abraham Toro. Frazier will become a free agent at the end of this season, marking the end of his rookie contract.