As the winter moves forward at a swift pace, fans are waiting with anticipation for the Orioles to make a move that shows we are taking a step forward.
That move might have just happened, as it it is being reported that the Orioles have signed second baseman Adam Frazier to a one-year, $8 million deal.
Frazier, 31, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent six years in their organization and spent half a season with the San Diego Padres in 2021 and most recently the Seattle Mariners in 2022.
Immediately, Friazer provides stability defensively at second base. Over 124 games last season, the former 2021 All-Star had a .986 fielding percentage.
Of course, Frazier also has the ability to play the outfield, as well as shortstop and third base, giving the Orioles much-needed flexibility.
Friazer is a career .273 hitter with an OBP of .336. He provides speed with sneaky pop at the plate while presenting decent contact.
Last year with Seattle, Frazier slashed .238/.301/.311 with three home runs and 42 RBIs in 156 games played. He also tallied 22 doubles.
Frazier has hit 43 career home runs to go with 257 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. He can slot in as a lead-off hitter with his ability to command the strike zone.
It has been known that the O’s were looking for a left-handed bat to add to their lineup, as a preference for a second baseman was also mentioned.
The Orioles might have found a hidden gem with a strong veteran presence. Only being a one-year deal, this is another low risk, high reward signing from GM Mike Elias.
With the signing of Frazier, the Orioles’ 40-man roster is now full.
Welcome to Birdland, Adam!
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