The Cincinnati Reds continue to retool their organization, this time trading 3B Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox in a three team deal that includes the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jose Peraza , Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon are headed to Cincinnati while Frankie Montas, Micah Johnson and Trayce Thompson are head to Los Angeles.
Some teams view Jose Peraza as a descending prospect. If he doesn't pan out, this will be remembered as a terrible trade for the Reds.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 16, 2015
Frazier is just a career .255 hitter, but he hit 43 doubles and 35 home runs last year, driving in 89 runs and scoring 82 times. This on a team that ranked 26th in the MLB in runs scored. He will jump into a White Sox lineup with Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu and provide them with much needed power. Adam LaRoche failed in his first season with the Sox, hitting .207 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI.
The White Sox also acquired Brett Lawrie from the Oakland Athletics a few weeks ago.
Cincinnati is left with a depleated lineup that features Eugenio Suarez at 3B currently and rumor has it that they are looking to deal Brandon Phillips. They also have no left fielder at the moment, but RosterResource.com has slotted Schebler there for now.
The Dodgers landed a top pitching prosepect in Montas, who will most likely see a handful of starts this season in the Big Leagues.