Chicago White Sox
The final team on this list, and a team unlikely to be a real contender in 2016, is the Chicago White Sox. While the Sox are unlikely to be competing for a playoff spot in 2016, they are the team with the most obvious need at third base. The only two third basemen on the Sox roster are Mike Olt and Tyler Saladino. While Saladino is still young, neither of these players really inspire much confidence for the Sox. Todd Frazier would be a clear upgrade over both, and he would certainly have a field day playing his home games in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox have a need for this type of trade but it is unclear whether they have the will given their current state of what should be a semi-rebuild. If the Sox do decide that they need an upgrade at third, and do not go after any free-agent third baseman such as David Freese, the Sox do have enough organizational depth to make this kind of trade work. The White Sox are kind of scarce on top, impact prospects, but have enough depth to entice the Reds into making a deal. The Sox would seem to be unwilling to give up any of their best prospects, but could be inclined to move lesser prospects if they decide to go all in over the next two seasons. However, this all in type of move seems unlikely for a team who was barely able to stay afloat in the AL Central in 2015.