Report: Pirates close to signing Nationals infielder, raises questions about Frazier's future in Pittsburgh

Wilmer Difo is known for his glove
Wilmer Difo
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pirates have signed a free agent with Major League experience and of all places, it’s another middle infielder.

Fan Sided was first to report the Bucs have an agreement, pending a physical, with 28-year-old Dominican native Wilmer Difo.

It's reportedly a minor league deal.

A veteran of 373 MLB games, Difo plays mostly second base but also has 108 games at short, 37 at third and 7 in the outfield.

The switch-hitter played in 12 games last year for the Nationals, mostly in a reserve role with one hit in 14 at bats.  Difo has a career high as a regular in batting average at .271 in 2017 and highs in homers (7) and RBI (42) in 2018.

Difo is known for his glove with a career .989 fielding percentage at second base and .983 overall.

Difo was designated for assignment by Washington and cleared waivers last September and then sent to the Nats satellite camp.

With the addition of a primary second-baseman makes you wonder about the future of Adam Frazier.

It’s been rumored that Frazier will be traded with Ben Cherington being vocal that he is willing to make trades with future expiring contracts.

The Pirates already traded first baseball Josh Bell to the Nationals with pitcher Joe Musgrove also being involved in trade talks.