The Mariners will head into the second half of the season with a record of 48-43, only 3.5 games out of a wild card spot. With 2+ weeks to go until the trade deadline, they are going to be one of a handful of teams whose play decides on whether they become buyers or sellers. A stretch of 8-5 would put them in a strong buy position while going 4-9 would likely see them hold or even sell off a piece or two.
If they do continue to play well, one of the players that they could look at trading for would be Adam Frazier of the Pirates. Frazier is eligible for Arb 3 after this season and is highly unlikely to be a part of the Pirates plans long-term. He’s one of the players that are high on every trade asset list you will see, in large part due to the fact that he is one of the most likely players to be dealt.
At 29, Frazier is a consistent vet who is having the best year of his career. He hit .276/.277/.278 during 2017/2018/2019 but is hitting a blistering .330 this season to date. He’s been a doubles machine this season, hitting 26 already, while mixing in four triples, four home runs, and five steals. He is passable on defense too, playing average to above-average the last four seasons.
I want to make sure to mention that even though he doesn’t walk a ton (8.5%), he also rarely strikes out (10.8%). For a Mariners lineup that is a little strikeout-heavy, finding a player who puts the ball in play a lot could be a welcome addition.
What would it take to get Frazier? Let’s look at a few trades the Mariners could offer to the Pirates for their second baseman.