Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Adam Frazier Traded to San Diego Padres.
By: Andrew Santangelo (@aj_santangelo)
The MLB trades keep on filling in as the San Diego Padres have made a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to bolster their offensive power as they look to chase down the Dodgers and Giants atop the National League West division. The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, 20 games out of first place. The Pirates have a few names on the market that seem to be highly intriguing to others. Frazier was one of the busiest names out there, which is now off the table.
The 2021 NL All-star is hitting .327 with 4HR, and 32 RBI with a war of 3.1 in 97 games played this season. The first-year all-star, leading the MLB in total hits on the season with 125 for an average of over a hit a game.
In return, the Pittsburgh Pirates are acquiring three Padres prospects Tucupita Marcano, Jack Suwinski, and Michell Miliano. The only one that was in San Diego’s top 30 prospects is Marcano was their fifth. Marcano, an infielder splitting time between the majors and the minors, was hitting .272 with 6HR 26RBI and 4SB in 44 games total before getting a call up to the major for 25 games. He struggled in his first call up hitting a .182 in 44 at-bats with 3RBI.
Jack Suwinski, an outfielder, was hitting .269 in the Padres double AA team with 15 HR 37 RBI through their first 66 games, with eight doubles and four triples. Miliano bounced around each division of single-A ball this season, posting a 4.20ERA through 30 innings of work along with 59 strikeouts on the season.
The Padres win this trade early on, picking up a player in Frazier along with some cash, essentially having the Pirates pay part of his salary. The value the Pirates got back was not enough, considering Frazier was regarded as one of the most talented players on the market. The Pirates could have shopped him around at a higher rate this far out from the deadline.
The move for San Diego allows them to have the best infield in all of baseball with the lineup of Hosmer (1B), Frazier (2B), Tatis (SS), Machado (3B), and finally allowing Jake Croneworth to be a super-utility player when needed to platoon.
It is hard to imagine that the Padres are done making moves as fans have seen how to act they have been in the past deadline and this offseason making trades; one would think they have another move up their sleeve before Friday.
The Pirates will decide whether to let Marcano continue to gain time in the minors or call him up to the big leagues allowing him to gain time and experience at the big league level. A lot like the Padres, it is hard to imagine the Pirates being done trading just for the opposite reason for them it would be to sell. There are rumors outfielder and fellow all-star Bryan Reynolds could be on the move for a higher price given his team control and age. Then they have two pitchers in left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson and closer Richard Rodriguez.
Stay tuned for more MLB trade deadline topics and headlines as we continue to inch closer to the July 30th deadline.