Mariners acquire All-Star 2B Adam Frazier from San Diego

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s very first huge relocation of the offseason was finishing an offer Jerry Dipoto attempted to make last summer season.

The Mariners lastly landed Adam Frazier on Saturday, getting the All-Star 2nd baseman in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

“We thought we were at the goal line to acquire Adam at trade deadline last year,” stated Dipoto, Seattle’s president of baseball operations. “Obviously we missed out and we stayed in touch with the Padres as we headed into the offseason knowing that they had a pretty robust roster. And we just liked the player so we stuck with it.”

The relocation expense Seattle 2 small leaguers, however it attends to among the group’s most significant requirements going into the offseason; including a middle infielder to set with shortstop J.P. Crawford. Frazier’s flexibility suggests the Mariners can still be aggressive with other possible deals need to another middle infielder appeared.

“That’s how I feel I can impact the team; play good defense and try to hit the baseball. Get on base any way I can,” Frazier stated.

Seattle is anticipated to be active this offseason after it went 90-72 this year and fell simply except its very first playoff look given that 2001. Dipoto stated the club is having continuous discussions with numerous totally free representatives and made agreement uses to a couple, among which he called “notable.”

“We felt like adding Adam made us a deeper team without stopping us from doing anything else we would have wanted to do,” Dipoto stated. “That’s double the fun. We can continue to add to our team because Adam is so versatile.”

The Padres got left-handed reducer Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

Kerr was contributed to the Mariners’ 40-man lineup simply recently. He divided time in between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma last season.

Rosier was a 12th-round choice in the 2021 amateur draft out of UNC Greensboro. He invested last season at Single-A Modesto.

Frazier left to a quick start last season with Pittsburgh, batting .324 with an .836 OPS and 28 doubles in 98 video games. He was traded to San Diego in late July and faded over the last 2 months. In 57 video games with the Padres, Frazer batted .267.

However Frazier puts the ball in play, having never ever set out more than 75 times in a season. The Mariners had 8 gamers appear in more than 90 video games last season and all set out a minimum of 99 times.

“Adam, to me, is one of the better strike-zone managers in baseball,” Dipoto stated. “He’s got great contact skills. In an era where strikeouts are prevalent, he doesn’t strike out. His strikeout rates would be good in any era, really.”

Defensively, Frazier has actually mainly played 2nd base or left field throughout his profession. Ought to the Mariners plug Frazier in at 2nd, it would provide the capability to move Abraham Toro, obtained in 2015 from Houston prior to the trade due date, to his natural position of 3rd base.

Dipoto stated currently the Mariners see Frazier as their beginning 2nd baseman, while likewise fitting with Seattle’s objective of having positional versatility with substantial portions of its lineup.

“The versatility that these guys have allows us to do so much in creative lineup building and doesn’t stop us from continuing to go out and search for that kind of bat impact that we’re trying to find in this market,” Dipoto stated.

Frazier, who turns 30 next month, is under agreement for $7.5 million this season. He is qualified free of charge firm after 2022. He made $4.3 million last season.

“Jerry pointed out that I’ll be one of the older guys in the in the clubhouse, which is kind of surprising,” Frazier stated. “I still feel young, and for that to be the case now is pretty crazy to wrap my head around.”

Mariners obtain All-Star 2B Adam Frazier from San Diego initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.