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The Chicago White Sox may go with Adam Frazier as a trade option this summer.
Although it may be a bit eerie to call on another Frazier to save the day midseason, Adam Frazier is having a tremendous year. He also does more than walk, strikeout, and hit home runs.
For the first five years of his career, Frazier provided mediocre numbers. A .749 OPS sums up the type of player he was, very middle-of-the-field. His value comes from his ability to play the outfield as well. Not to mention the few innings he has under his belt at shortstop and third. Frazier is a swiss army knife. He just never stood out offensively.
That is until the 2021 season. He leads the MLB at 79 hits with a batting average of .329. Frazier also leads the MLB in doubles at 21. His OPS is at a career-high .862, and he is not showing signs of slowing down. In his past two weeks, 12 games, he has a slash of .333/.385/.542 and an OPS at .926 with 16 hits.
With a 23-38 record at dead last in the NL Central, there is no question that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be sellers at the deadline. The Pirates have some players who can help teams make a playoff push but none are playing at the same level as Frazier.
At 29, he most likely won’t be around the next time the Pirates find themselves in contention again. The Sox might have to give up a top prospect but this trade is possible. Frazier is not a free agent until 2023 so he can provide depth in the outfield once back at 100 percent.