Sailors acquire Adam Frazier from the Padres

The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have agreed to a three-man trade. Padres to send All-Star second baseman Adam frazier in Seattle for a left-handed reliever Ray kerr and acrobat Corey Rosier, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (via Twitter). The two teams announced the deal, making it official.

Frazier certainly fits the mold of the type of offensive contributor GM Jerry Dipoto tends to covet. As an example, the Mariners are said to be interested in Frazier at the trade deadline before he finally lands in San Diego.

The soon-to-30-year-old is a first contact hitter and all-around player who can regularly cover second base or move to the outfield. While his defensive versatility is a plus, his bat plays better if he holds the keystone. Right now, that’s where he’s most likely to get most of his playing time. He will share the midfield infield with JP Crawford, while Abraham Toro and Ty France fill in the field as Dylan moore goes into a super utility role.

Frazier was an All-Star last season with the Pirates before slowing down to San Diego. Still, he posted 4.0 rWAR and an overall slash line of .305 / .368 / .411 out of 639 plate appearances between the Pirates and the Padres. Frazier is expected to earn around $ 7.2 million in officiating in what will be his last season before free agency, so he’s seen as a low-risk, low-cost acquisition for the Mariners.

Although he is a solid contributor, it would be difficult to classify him as a true “difference maker”. His lack of pop (career 0.131 ISO) makes him more of a lineman than a race designer, although he will lengthen the Mariners’ lineup and make life difficult for opposing pitchers by putting the ball in play and throwing the ball into play. vying for a high batting average.

Truth be told, he is a player quite similar in form and function to his new double play partner at Crawford: confident defenders, light in power and patience, who run well and are excellent at putting the bat to the ball. . Don’t be surprised to see Frazier consistently place at the top of the Mariners’ batting order, no matter where they put his glove.

In terms of approach, Frazier walked in just 7.5 percent of his plate appearances, below the league average walk rate of 8.5 percent. At the same time, he was eliminated in just 10.8% of his plate appearances, a rate much higher than the league average of 22.3%. In short, Frazier puts pressure on the defenses, while minimizing errors on the other side. He’s a quality contributor and the type of player who will give manager Scott Servais plenty of options on both sides.

In exchange for a Frazier season, the Mariners send a left-handed reliever to Kerr and a young outfielder to Rosier. Neither has appeared on prospect lists, although Kerr has appeared in the additional “Arm Strength Relief Sorts” section of Fangraphs. Wrote fangraphs, “Kerr is a latecomer who entered the scene before the pandemic. He can dunk a basketball and has superlative weight room feats as well as a rare left bike, inconsistently up to 99. His splitter blinks more and the Mariners have worked enough with his slider to create a viable sweep. on the ground but it was a 30 the last I saw it. Punch throw and secondary consistency are also issues present. “

At 27 without a Major League appearance, Kerr could be considered a non-prospect, although his ability to strike triple digits on the radar gun offers intrigue as a potential power arm out of the relievers’ box. . He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017, starting his career as a two-way player, although he has focused on pitching in recent years. The athletic ability is clearly there, the question being whether it can be channeled to transform him from “pitcher” to “pitcher,” as the saying goes.

Last season, Kerr pitched 39 2/3 innings in 36 Double-A and Triple-A appearances with a combined ERA of 3.18, inspiring a 36.8% strikeout rate and walk rate of 9.8%. For a Padres team that prioritizes pitching depth this offseason, Kerr is a solid bet to add to the 40-man roster.

Rosier, 22, was a 12th round pick in last year’s entry draft, signing a bonus of $ 125,000. The Maryland native played his varsity ball at UNC Greensboro, and was the second ranked prospect in the draft, by Baseball America. He played most of last season in Low-A Modesto, cutting an impressive .390 / .461 / .585 in 141 home plate appearances. He projects himself as an additional outfielder with the ability to play center. On the plate, its limited power is its biggest flaw.

Kerr and Rosier are not prospects at the level of Tucupita Marcano, Jack suwinski, and Michel Miliano, the prospect San Diego sent to Pittsburgh to acquire Frazier on time. Having said that, there is no reason to believe that they would get their fair value back. Kerr fills a need and Rosier helps backfill the farming system to a lower level.

The most motivating factor in this deal for San Diego is financial. The Frazier deal wasn’t outrageous, but for a team with limited payroll flexibility, it helps to take the Frazier deal off the payroll. With Jake cronenworth, Ha Seong Kim and Jurickson Profar all under contract, the Padres are tuned with second base / utility types, where Frazier looms best. With the financial savings, Baseball Ops President AJ Preller may be looking to reinvest in pitching staff or in finding an impact bat for an outside corner.

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