The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have agreed to three-player trade. The Padres will send second baseman Adam Frazier to Seattle for left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter).
Frazier certainly fits the mold of the type of offensive contributor that GM Jerry Dipoto tends to covet. The 29-year-old is a contact-first, well-rounded player who can player second base on a regular basis or move to the outfield. Though his defensive versatility is a plus, his bat plays best is he’s manning the keystone. Right now, that’s where he is most likely to get the bulk of his playing time. He will share the middle infield with J.P. Crawford, while Abraham Toro and Ty France will fill out the infield as Dylan Moore moves into a super utility role.
Frazier was an All-Star last season with the Pirates before slowing down in San Diego. Still, he posted 4.0 rWAR and an overall slash line of .305/.368/.411 over 639 plate appearances between the Pirates and Padres. Frazier is projected to make around $7.2MM in arbitration in what will be his final season before free agency.
In exchange for one season of Frazier, the Mariners are sending hard-throwing southpaw reliever in Kerr and a young outfielder in Rosier. At 27 years old without a Major League appearance, Kerr could be considered a non-prospect, though his ability to hit triple-digits on the radar gun leaves some intrigue to his future as a potential power arm out of the bullpen. He was signed a non-drafted free agent back in 2017, beginning his career as a two-way player, though he has focused on pitching in recent years.
Last season, Kerr tossed 39 2/3 innings across 36 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A last season with a combined 3.18 ERA, inspiring 36.8 percent strikeout rate, and 9.8 percent walk rate. For a Padres team that’s prioritizing pitching depth this offseason, Kerr is a solid gamble to add to the 40-man roster.
Rosier, 22, was a 12th round pick in last year’s amateur draft. The Maryland native played his college ball at UNC Greensboro. He played most of last season in Low-A Modesto, slashing an impressive .390/.461/.585 in 141 plate appearances.
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