The Mets will have to look elsewhere for a trade deadline splash.
Mets All-Star Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier is traded to the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports.
Prospects Tucupita Marcano (infielder), Jack Suwinski (outfielder) and pitcher Michell Miliano would travel to San Diego, according to Athletic. The Pirates will also send around $ 1.4 million in cash to the Padres to reduce money owed to Frazier, who spent six years with Pittsburgh.
Frazier, 29, leads all hits in baseball (125) and won’t be eligible for free play until after next season. His batting average of 0.324 was the second-best in the National League as of Sunday.
If the Mets had acquired Frazier, it likely would have meant a move to third base for Jeff McNeil. Frazier brings some versatility as he also plays the outfield and the Padres intend to use him in a super-utility role, Athletic reported. The MLB transaction deadline is July 30.
The Padres are currently trailing the Giants by 5½ games in NL West and have a 5½ game lead over the Reds for the NL’s second wild card.