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Pirates Receive Interest in Adam Frazier

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Jason Mackey from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been getting calls about the availability of second baseman Adam Frazier. Today’s the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego, which have been quiet so far for the Pirates, but we should start hearing more rumors as they get deeper into the four-day event.

Frazier hit .278/.336/.417 in 152 games for the Pirates this season. He collected 50 extra-base hits and scored 80 runs. Frazier has been more of a utility player prior to this season, but all of his time on defense this year was spent at second base. He posted a 2.7 WAR according to Baseball-Reference, including a career best 0.8 dWAR.

Frazier has three more seasons before he reaches free agency. He’s arbitration eligible for the first time this off-season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to get $3.2 M.

The Pirates don’t have a great option to fill in if Frazier is moved. They have plenty of options, including sliding Kevin Newman over to second base, but no one among Cole Tucker, Erik Gonzalez, Pablo Reyes or Kevin Kramer should be relied upon to start full-time. Tucker has the best potential, and with the current outlook for the 2020 season looking more like a rebuilding year, it couldn’t hurt to give him the shortstop job full-time and let it play out.

UPDATE: Some other notes from the first day via Adam Berry.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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