- The San Diego Padres have acquired all-star second baseman Adam Frazier via trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Fraziers ranks 4th in batting average this season and leads the majors in hits with a total of 125.
- San Diego has the 4th best odds to win the World Series at +950 via the BEtOnline App.
The San Diego Padres made a big splash by acquiring All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
San Diego is sending right-hander Michell Miliano, shortstop Tucupita Marcano, and outfielder Jack Suwinski in exchange for Frazier and $1.4M in cash. The Pirates will cover the bulk of Frazier’s 2021 salary and he will be under contract through 2022.
The Padres are chasing the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in the NL West and with L.A and San Francisco scoring an average of 5.20 and 4.89 runs per game, San Diego was looking to improve its 4.76 runs per game average.
🚨 #MLB Blockbuster trade 🚨
The Pirates are shipping 2B Adam Frazier to the Padres 👀
— bet365 US (@bet365_us) July 25, 2021
The 29-year old Frazier has been one of the league’s top hitters this season with a slash line of .327/.388/.448. He leads the league with a total of 125 hits in 98 games played and ranks 4th overall (2nd overall before Sunday’s games) in batting average, behind only Nick Casterllanos, Michael Brantley, and Vladimir Guerrero.
Frazier is in his 6th season in the Major League, with all six seasons played with the Pirate and was Pittsburgh’s second-longest tenured player behind Gregory Polanco. He was a finalist for the Golden Glove in 2020 and was recently selected to play in the All-Star game for the first time in his career where he started alongside Padres’ shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
With this deal, Frazier becomes only the third player in baseball’s modern era to be traded mid-season while leading the majors in hits. Willie McGee went from the Cardinals to the A’s in 1990 while Red Schoendienst was traded to the Braves from the Giants way back in 1957.
Padres Making Moves
The Padres (+800 World Series Odds) are making moves 👀 https://t.co/RpjUtWNwJv
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) July 25, 2021
The Padres remained as a +800 to win the World Series at PointsBet despite acquiring Frazier. At BetMGM, their championship odds even lengthened from +850 last week to +900. Meanwhile, The BetOnline App has them with the 4th best odds to win the World Series at +950
San Diego’s odds to win the National League West shortened a bit at DraftKings from +550 to 525 otherwise there were no significant movement in their division odds at the best MLB betting sites. At SportsBetting.ag, their +475 is the second shortest odds to win the National League, behind only the defending champions L.A. Dodgers who are currently at +185.
But while the odds haven’t moved that much, it’s obvious that the Padres are moving moves with this trade. Frazier gives San Diego a lot of flexibility because although they already have an All-Star second baseman in Jake Cronenworth, both players have positional flexibility. Although all of Frazier’s starts were at second base this season, he has played over 1,000 games in the majors in the outfield while Cronenworth has started at first base and short stop before.