One of many certainties of each Main League Baseball buying and selling deadline is followers of groups promoting gamers are going to really feel their favourite workforce obtained ripped off in offers.
No less than by taking the temperature on social Sunday night time, Pirates followers definitely weren’t proud of the return Pittsburgh obtained from the San Diego Padres in a commerce for second baseman Adam Frazier that’s pending the gamers passing physicals.
Many followers felt the Pirates have been going land at the very least two of baseball’s top-100 prospects in any deal for Frazier because the franchise continues its rebuild that started in earnest through the offseason when right-handers Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon and first baseman Josh Bell have been traded.
But there was no likelihood of that occuring. Pirates administration knew the remainder of the baseball world didn’t worth Frazier so extremely.
Frazier is an effective participant having an excellent season. Nevertheless, he’s not the kind of celebrity who’s going to trigger groups to surrender the most effective gamers of their farm system.
In reality, the Pirates included $1.2 million within the deal to cowl the majority of the rest of Frazier’s wage this season simply so they may get a greater high quality of prospects.
Getting a leap on the deadline that comes Friday, the Pirates acquired a three-prospect package deal headlined by Triple-A infielder/outfielder Tucapita Marcano and together with Double-A proper fielder Jake Suwinski and Excessive-A right-hander Michell Miliano.
The Padres have 5 gamers ranked in Baseball America’s high 100 prospects. They didn’t hand over any of them.
Of their try to overtake the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers within the Nationwide League West race, the Padres are getting a participant in Frazier who’s having the most effective season of his six-year profession.
Frazier leads the most important leagues with 125 hits and his .324 batting common is second to the .329 of the Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos. Frazier can be third in doubles with 28 and fifth in triples with 4.
It additionally helps Frazier’s worth that he’s not eligible without spending a dime company till following the 2022 season.
But whereas Frazier has accounted for two.9 bWAR this season and was the beginning second baseman for the Nationwide League within the All-Star Sport earlier this month, his combination WAR was simply 6.2 over his first 5 seasons. At 29, he isn’t prone to have any higher seasons than 2021 forward.
The Padres, although, are definitely getting a helpful participant in Frazier even when they don’t have a clearly outlined want for him. He’s a left-hander contact hitter who can bat leadoff and play a robust second base in addition to third base, shortstop and the three outfield positions.
One chance is the Padres may play Frazier at second base and transfer Jake Cronenworth to first base. Nevertheless, Eric Hosmer would develop into a really costly bench participant as he has 4 years and $60 million remaining on his eight-year, $144-million contract past this season.
One other chance may very well be to make use of Frazier in proper subject and ship Wil Myers to the bench. Myers, too, can be an expensive reserve with yet another yr and $23.5 million left after this season on his six-year, $83-million deal.
The Padres may additionally use Frazier in proper subject and have the left-handed hitting Hosmer and right-handed batting Myers platoon at first base.
In the meantime, the most effective participant coming again to the Pirates is Marcano, who has logged a little bit of time within the main leagues with the Padres this season. The 21-year-old hit .182 in 25 video games whereas 5 begins at second base and two begins every in left subject and proper subject.