Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates
Currently leading the major leagues in doubles, Adam Frazier has been a hitting machine for the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates this season. He’s batting .324 with a career-best .844 OPS, making him one of the better “contact hitters” in baseball at the moment.
While the Phillies have begun to experience some borderline elite production out of their one and two-hole hitters recently (although Segura just got injured), there’s no such thing as having too many .300+ hitters. The more base hits the better, especially when you take into account how much this year’s Phillies offense has relied on the long ball at times.
Frazier is a natural second baseman, but he does have the versatility to play in the outfield. He’s played 997.1 career innings out there, with 703.2 of them coming in left field. The Phillies could simply replace Cutch with Frazier on a regular basis, or they could also use Frazier as a hyper-utility type player, shuffling around the defense to get everyone a fair share of at-bats.
Frazier’s experience at 2B could allow Jean Segura to see more time at third base for example, allowing Alec Bohm to get some reps at first as a way to get Rhys Hoskins’ slump-heavy bat out of the lineup on a more frequent basis.
Frazier is making just $4.3 million this season and is under team control through next year, another favorable contract for Dombrowski to pursue.