MLB: Mariners grab Frazier
The Seattle Mariners made their first signing of the offseason when they acquired second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier, both of whom are prospects.
The Mariners are 30/1 to win the 2022 World Series and obtaining Frazier, who was a 2021 All-Star and set to be free agent after this season, was a big move.
The 29-year-old was aggressively pursued by Seattle ahead of last season's trade deadline because of his hitting skills and he will take over the everyday second baseman job.
Frazier is entering his final year of salary arbitration and he hit .305 with 36 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 43 RBI's last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres.
I'm excited to be joining and they're excited to have me.Adam Frazier
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Mariners' president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said that they have been pursuing Frazier, going back as far as 2016.
Dipoto spoke to the official Seattle Mariners website and said: "Adam is a proven, versatile, well-rounded player. His presence makes our lineup longer and our team more complete.
"This dates back to midseason last year. We thought we were at the goal line to acquire Adam, obviously, we missed out. We stayed in touch with the Padres as we headed into the offseason, knowing they had a pretty robust roster."
Frazier spoke to MLB.com and said: "Jerry and I had a great talk. I'm excited to be joining and they're excited to have me. I'm ready to get to work, I'll play a lot of second base and maybe hop in the outfield, that's how I feel I can impact the team."
His long term role will depend on who else Seattle go for in the offseason.