Lefty bat could be trade fit for Yankees

June 4th, 2021

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June 4: Frazier could be a trade fit for Yankees
The Yankees were expected to have a potent offense in 2021, but here we are in early June and New York is one of the lowest-scoring clubs in the Majors, ranking 27th with 3.74 runs per game.

The club’s lineup is also extremely heavy on right-handed bats. The Blue Jays are the only team that has given fewer plate appearances to left-handed hitters than the Yankees, and the club’s lefty bats have posted the worst OPS (.573) in the Majors. Moreover, the Yankees rank 28th in OPS at second base (.618).

The team will likely seek offensive help before the Trade Deadline, and MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi speculates that Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier could be a trade fit for New York.

The 29-year-old is having a career year, hitting .333/.393/.477 over 239 plate appearances. Frazier not only bats from the left side but rarely strikes out, making him the antithesis of most Yankees regulars. He has appeared almost entirely at the keystone this season, but he has experience in the outfield as well.

Frazier is under club control through 2022, but with Pittsburgh at the beginning of what could be a long rebuilding period, the club could make him available.