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The Kansas City Royals signed second baseman Adam Frazier to a one-year contract worth $4.5MM. Frazier will earn a base salary of $2MM during the 2024 season, and the deal also includes a $2.5MM buyout on a $8.5MM mutual option in 2025.
Frazier, 32, hit .240 over 445 plate appearances with the Orioles last season, playing out his one-year, $8MM contract with Baltimore. He lost his starting job when they decided to go with the younger Jordan Westburg and the expected arrival of mega-prospect Jackson Holiday.
In Kansas City he will be depended on to strengthen the second base position where the 25-year-olds Michael Massey still largely remains unproven. Massey is just a career .233 hitter over his first 655 plate appearances in the Majors.
The Royals lineup has been in flux since the end of the 2023 season and as of today looks like this:
M.J. Melendez- LF
Bobby Witt, Jr.- SS
Salvador Perez- C
Vinnie Pasquantino- 1B
Hunter Renfroe- RF
Adam Frazier- 2B
Nelson Velazquez- DH
Kyle Isbel- CF
Maikel Garcia- 3b
The Royals were 56-106 in 2023 and are looking to add some veteran presence as they start to go with the younger prospects. After winning the World Series in 2015, they were .500 in 2016 and have had 7 straight losing seasons. Besides Adam Frazier, the Royals have signed outfielder Hunter Renfroe and pitchers Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo to add depth to the organization.
Frazier was an all-star in 2021 with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the San Diego Padres later in the same season. Frazier has struggled with his batting average the past two seasons and hopes to find his hitting stroke that he was known for throughout his career.
Adam Frazier can play multiple positions including second base, third base, and the corner outfield positions. He has a solid left-handed line drive swing and makes good contact regularly. He does not have much power and projects as a very good substitute player who can be inserted in the lineup when needed.
Draft Nation News- 6th Round Pick in 2013 out of Mississippi State by the Pittsburgh Pirates.