The Padres seemed like a lock to make the 2021 postseason, and optimism was high.
But a lot has changed since then.
Today, San Diego is fighting just to keep its playoff chances alive.
The Frazier trade hasn’t exactly panned out, and that has been one of the many reasons the team has had a disappointing August.
In this piece, we’ll be breaking down Frazier’s poor stint with the Padres.
The Padres Thought They Were Getting A Star In Frazier
Fans had high hopes for Frazier when he joined the Padres.
He was having an All-Star-caliber season with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded.
With Pittsburgh, he batted .324 with an OPS of .836, OPS+ of 126, and WAR of 2.9 over 98 games this season.
However, there’s a chance that Frazier’s hot start to the year was just that—a hot start.
Well, he has never finished a season with an OPS above .800 or a WAR above 3.0.
The 2021 season is his sixth year in the league, so he has had a lot of time to prove his worth at the plate.
He hasn’t exactly done so.
By most statistical measures, his track record suggests that he’s roughly an average offensive player.
Perhaps fans shouldn’t have had such lofty expectations for the 29-year-old.
Regardless Of What Expectations Were, He Has Been Borderline Unserviceable With San Diego
As you’ve likely gathered by now, Frazier’s production with San Diego has been miserable.
He has appeared in 25 games with the team and has been one of the worst hitters in baseball over the past month or so.
So far, he has posted a slash line of .229/.275/.271 with San Diego.
He has registered a very poor OPS of .545 and an equally bad OPS+ of 54.
Unsurprisingly, he has a negative offensive WAR (-0.2) since the trade.
Adam Frazier has played 25 games for the #padres and has 2 RBIs… 2
— 2010 padres would never (@ump_god) August 26, 2021
To make matters worse, he seems to be trending in the wrong direction.
He is batting .135 with a .335 OPS over his last 10 games.
He hasn’t had a multi-hit game in almost three full weeks, and he’s starting to see a decrease in playing time.
Adam Frazier with the Pirates: .324/.388/.448
Adam Frazier with the Padres: .233/.274/.278
— Jon Schaeffer (@jonschaeffer) August 25, 2021
The Padres Are Starting To Explore Other Options
Frazier’s struggles have not gone unnoticed by the Padres’ decision-makers.
He hasn’t gotten the start in two of the team’s last three games.
On Tuesday, he didn’t start against a left-handed pitcher, and on Thursday, he didn’t start against a righty.
With that in mind, we can deduce that these decisions were not platoon-related.
San Diego has tons of lineup depth, so it wouldn’t come as a total surprise to see the team try to plug in other options in Frazier’s place.
Ha-Seong Kim, for example, got the start over Frazier on Thursday.
Kim is no star, but he’s a slight upgrade over Frazier offensively.
For a team battling to stay alive in the Wild Card race, every little lineup improvement matters.
The Padres can’t afford to keep a struggling Frazier in the lineup just because they gave up a few prospects for him.