Orioles agree to 1-year deal with ex-Mariners 2B Adam Frazier

Dec 16, 2022, 9:10 AM | Updated: 11:04 am
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Adam Frazier connects on a swing against the Blue Jays on July 8. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Frazier, who spent the 2022 season with the Seattle Mariners, agreed Thursday to an $8 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

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Frazier hit .238 with three home runs and 42 RBIs in 156 games last season for the Mariners and stole a career-high 11 bases. He hit a career-best .305 for Pittsburgh and San Diego in 2021.

He played all three outfield positions and both middle infield spots in 2022, but he spent most of his time at second base. He joins a Baltimore team that made a big improvement this year behind rookie catcher Adley Rutschman and a surprisingly impressive bullpen.

The Orioles have had a pretty quiet offseason, but they did add right-hander Kyle Gibson and now Frazier. The 31-year-old Frazier has played seven years in the majors. He played his whole career with the Pirates until he was traded to the Padres in July 2021. Then he was dealt to the Mariners before last season.

Frazier gives the Orioles yet another versatile player in the infield. Ramón Urías played every infield position except first base last season, and so did top prospect Gunnar Henderson after he was called up.

While Frazier’s time with the Mariners was short-lived, he had arguably the biggest hit of the year for Seattle, delivering a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning of Game 2 of an American League Wild Card Series in Toronto, capping off a huge Mariners comeback that clinched the series.

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