The San Diego Padres are acquiring All-Star 2B Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Sunday evening. The Padres are making a play to add pretty good depth in the infield behind Fernando Tatis Jr., Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado. Frazier had been drawing interest from other contenders, including the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox.
Frazier entered Sunday leading MLB in hits with 125 while batting .324 with 4 HRs and 32 RBI. As was mentioned above, the Padres are pretty set in the infield, though Frazier and Cronenworth can move around a bit while it allows San Diego to get Tatis and Machado additional rest before the playoffs while not sacrificing too much in terms of talent in the lineup with Frazier.
This boosts Frazier’s fantasy baseball value but also sort of takes away from it. While Frazier moves to a lineup with way more talent, he may not play as frequently. If Frazier is batting leadoff ahead of Tatis, Machado and Cronenworth, the former Pirate will be in great position to score runs and take some extra bags.
The Pads are 8/1 to win the World Series on DraftKings Sportsbook. San Diego is also +450 to win the NL pennant and +525 to win the NL West. Right now, the Padres are 5.0 games out of first place in the division at 58-44 having lost the past two games, including Sunday to the Miami Marlins. With Frazier, the Pads chances to win increase but we’ll have to see how Frazier is employed — as a UTIL guy or as the new leadoff hitter.