Mariners: Potential Trades for Pirates 2B Adam Frazier

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 9: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 9, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 9: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 9, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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Mariners Taylor Trammell
SEATTLE – JUNE 17: Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners bats during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at T-Mobile Park on June 17, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Rays 6-5. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Trade 1: Mariners trade Trammell, again, with LHP Macko for Frazier

Look, I really like Taylor Trammell. I don’t wanna see him go. He’s young, and you can definitely see the potential. He was a high-ranking prospect for a reason. That being said, if we are going to pull in a top hitter (in 2021) that still has 1.5 years of control, we are going to have to give up something. Trammell could get plenty of playing time in Pittsburgh, and would likely be an attractive piece for them.

Gregory Polanco is on the ten-day IL there, so they could ease him back in while splitting time between him, Trammell, and former Mariner Ben Gamel, who is quietly having a nice season. Trammell has been moved around a lot, but going to Pitt could find him a home for a few years while he continues to learn and figure things out at the big league level. With Seattle slowly opening their window to contention, Trammell could be out of the mix.

With Macko, you could be giving the Pirates a young lefty that would have time to prep in their system. Only 20 years old with a lot of control left, it gives them plenty of time to work through some of the control issues that Macko has seen this season. He does have an insane strikeout rate through his 21.2 innings, having sat down 40 hitters via the K.

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