Adam Frazier
Adam Frazier, via The Canadian Press

Padres Trade for All-Star Adam Frazier

The San Diego Padres have traded for one of the most highly-touted pieces on the trade market. All-Star Second Basemen Adam Frazier has been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a four-player deal. The Pirates will receive infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano, outfielder Jack Suwinski, and right-hander Mitchell Miliano. In addition to Frazier, the Pirates will also be sending $1.44MM to the Padres.

Trade Deadline Heating Up

The trade deadline across the MLB has been quite slow so far, but it is finally starting to heat up. This is the first big move General Manager A.J. Preller has made this year. The NL West has been a three-headed dog fight all year with the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants, all three showing no signs of regression in the second half so far. This is a huge move for the Padres, as Adam Frazier is a stud. The second basemen is having a career year so far. Adam is currently hitting .324/.388/.448 with four home runs on the year. He has the second-highest batting average in the National League, second to Reds Nick Castellanos.

Where Does Frazier Fit On The Padres?

The Padres have a righty-heavy lineup, and Adam Frazier provides another bat from the left side (and a good one at that). A low-strikeout, high-contact rate guy is exactly what the Padres were looking for, and they got it. Many must be wondering what happens to Second basemen Jake Cronenworth with the addition of Frazier. The Padres could slide Cronenworth over to first for Eric Hosmer, subsequently making Frazier the everyday second basemen. Frazier also has experience as a corner outfielder and could play there if necessary.

I believe the Padres will play him at both second base and the outfield. Eric Hosmer is not necessarily having a bad year by any means, so I cannot see the Padres kicking him to the curb. The Padres are also relatively set in their outfield too. Wil Myers and Tommy Pham have held down the majority of the corners, along with All-Star Trent Grisham. I’m sure the Padres have a plan for Frazier, but it won’t come without the sacrifice of another quality player.

Frazier Is Gone, Who’s Next?

Since Frazier has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, he will be a member of the Padres throughout the 2022 season as well. This is the second big move to be made in the recent days, with the other trade being Nelson Cruz to the Tampa Bay Rays. There are still a lot of names on the market that could be dealt with in the coming days. Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo, Marlins Outfielder Starling Marte, and Rockies Shortstop Trevor Story are among the most prominent names available. With one of the most sought-after names disappearing from the market today, I would not be surprised if some of the aforementioned names are traded early this week. This is a big move for the Padres, as they continue their quest towards a World Series Trophy.

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