White Sox Get Frazier in Three-Way Trade with Reds, Dodgers

After rumors of a Dodgers-White Sox trade surfaced earlier, the teams have now completed a trade, but it’s really a White Sox-Reds trade that the Dodgers helped facilitate. Overall, the deal will send Todd Frazier to Chicago; Micah Johnson, Trayce Thompson and Francelis Montas go to LA, and Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon end up in Cincinnati.

The biggest name in this deal is third baseman Todd Frazier. The 29-year-old hit 35 home runs with a line of .255/.309/.498 this past season, for a solid 114 wRC+, leading to his second straight four-win season. Frazier avoided arbitration last season with a two year, $12 million contract that will pay him just $7.5 million this season. After this season, the White Sox will have one more season of control on Frazier as he hits his final year of arbitration eligibility.

The White Sox, earlier in the offseason, made a trade for Brett Lawrie — and, at the time, he appeared ticketed for third base — but with the addition of Frazier, he will presumably move back to second base, where has considerable experience. The White Sox were one of the most active teams in last year’s offseason, but a stars and scrubs-like roster hurt them as they received little-to-no production from multiple positions including both second base and shortstop.

Micah Johnson was the presumptive starter at second base this season, making him expendable in the trade. Trayce Thompson was set to get decent playing time in an outfield including Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera in the corners, making the corner spots still something of a hole for the White Sox while the Dodgers are apparently receiving depth in both the outfield and infield. Montas was named to Kiley McDaniel’s Top-200 list entering last season:

Montas has steadily improved, with his average slider taking a big step forward this year to now flashing plus, his changeup is now enough to give him a starter’s repertoire and he still hits 100 mph at times. The question is whether his delivery and command fit as a starter and most think he ends up as a closer, but there’s still a chance he figures out a way to fit as a mid-rotation starter.

Montas made his debut in the majors last season, recording two starts and five relief appearances. In 15 innings, he struck out 20 while walking nine batters.

Jose Peraza was a part of the deal that sent Hector Olivera to the Braves and Alex Wood to the Dodgers at last season’s trade deadline. Ranked in the Top-50 at the beginning of last season, Peraza’s star had dimmed a bit at the time of the trade.

Compared to Luis Castillo or Juan Pierre early in his pro career, Peraza’s light has dimmed a bit in 2015 due to offensive questions, but he’s still an elite runner that’s near big league ready and can play multiple positions up the middle.

Scott Schebler is an outfielder who made his debut last season with the Dodgers after ranking 14th in McDaniel’s Dodgers prospect list to start the season. Dixon is a second baseman who played across three levels last season, reaching Double-A and hitting 22 home runs on the season.

The White Sox are at it again, and it remains to be seen if they are finished retooling their roster to attempt a run after a disappointing 2015 season. The Reds rebuild is continuing at full speed ahead, and the Dodgers swapped a few prospects for a few prospects they liked better; it will be interesting to see whether LA or Cincinnati made the right call on which young package is better long-term. Industry consensus right now heavily favors LA.

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Keith Murdoch
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Keith Murdoch

Where does Votto go?

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Nowhere. He’s said on multiple occasions he won’t waive his no-trade and wants to be a Red for life.

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They don’t deserve him. I’m jealous.

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ashlandateam

As a die-hard Reds fan, I want to disagree. As a rational human, I can’t.

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There is absolutely no change whatsoever in how the Phillies are run.

Bill Giles put the ownership group together with people who think like him 35 years ago. Guess what? Bill Giles is still there. He took part in the hiring of MacPhail and Klentak both. He was at the press conference announcing the hiring of Klentak.

35 Years.

Jim Thome and Cliff Lee

That’s it.

35 Years.

Carlos Ruiz and Maikel Franco, the only two starting quality players signed out of Latin America. Ruiz was signed out of Panama for eight thousand dollars. Need that in numerical form? $8,000- Eight Stacks.

Maikel Franco was signed for $100,000- That’s one hundred thousand American dollars. One hundred Stacks.

The Red Sox paid $63 million to sign Yoan Moncada. The Phillies paid $108,000- to sign both Carlos Ruiz and Maikel Franco.

Two real free agents and two starting position players from Latin America signed for nothing.

The Phillies Way is unchanged. They will sit in the cellar until they collect enough free talent in the MLB Plantation Slave Auction held every June. These young slave/intern players will be exploited to the max by the Phillies bloodsucking ownership cabal. For seven years they will make these bloodsucking criminals massive profits. If a few become fan favorites and the crowds are still huge as they near free agency then they will be signed to short, team friendly deals. If any have slipped through their screening process and turn out to be normal players seeking long contracts they will be demonized and booted out the door.

The Phillies after telling lies to their fan base from 2012 onward finally admitted they were “rebuilding”. The truth of the matter is they are already planning their next rebuild as they conduct this one.

THAT is The Phillies Way.

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