Report: Todd Frazier Traded to Chicago White Sox

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, third baseman Todd Frazier has been traded to the Chicago White Sox in a deal that also involves the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported that a deal that involved the White Sox top pitching prospect Frankie Montas was in the works.

Jon Heyman then came in and confirmed the deal, reporting that the Dodgers were acquiring outfielder Trayce Thompson, infielder Micah Johnson, and Montas, while the Reds are set to acquire prospects Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon, while Frazier is the lone player going to the White Sox.

After making splashes in the market last year with acquisitions of Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, and Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox flopped in 2015, going 76-86 and finishing 4th in the AL Central. This offseason, it was clear they had many holes still to fill, mostly around the infield including (especially) third base. In Frazier the White Sox get the third baseman they’ve been seeking the last few years, as the 29-year-old All-Star hit .255/.309/.498 with 35 home runs and 89 RBI in 2015 compared to the .226/.277/.345 and 13 home runs the team got from all of their third basemen in 2015.

The Dodgers, seeking pitching help get Montas, formerly the White Sox third-ranked prospect, and although some view Montas as more of a reliever, the Dodgers get a power arm to fortify their pitching staff. Trayce Thompson is also significant, as the 24-year-old prospect slashed .295/.363/.533 in a brief stint at the end of 2015, and could slide right into the starting lineup if the Dodgers do decide to move on from Andre Ethier or Yasiel Puig.

The Reds continue to rebuild, getting three prospects, one potentially MLB-ready in Peraza. Peraza, a second baseman, arriving in Cincinnati would seem to signal the end of Brandon Phillips‘ stint in Great American Ballpark, but that will take some work as Phillips would have to waive his 10/5 rights.

Each team was able to check something of their respective to-do lists, and the White Sox are sitting in a good spot going into 2016 after acquiring Todd Frazier.

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