Brian Roach takes a look at the three-team trade that sent slugger Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox
In a deal that not many people saw coming, the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers agreed upon a deal involving seven players -- including third baseman Todd Frazier. The deal sent three players each to the Reds and Dodgers while the White Sox majorly improved their infield in the club's second major deal in the offseason.
Chicago White Sox
Frazier provides a much-needed power bat for the White Sox to go along power first baseman Jose Abreu for the next couple of seasons. The 29-year-old will be arbitration eligible through the 2017 season and will be a free agent following that year. With a dreadful second half after winning the Home Run Derby, the White Sox got the right-handed hitter for less than what he would've been for midseason last year.
With Frazier, the White Sox get a proven power threat that can drive in runs behind or in front of Abreu and plays solid defense at the hot corner. Beware of the White Sox in the AL Central if Chris Sale can stay healthy in 2016 because this offense will be a huge threat against any pitcher in the division.
The Reds received three prospects in infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Pereza as well as outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. None of these players are major-league ready, but all have some talent to make it at the major-league level. Pereza is defensively ready and is under Reds' control for the next six seasons. The 21-year-old should find at-bats with the Reds if they somehow find a way to trade veteran Brandon Phillips away prior to the 2016 season. The youngster has a pair of 60+ steal seasons in the minors in his career and will create havoc on the basepaths when he gets a full-time spot in the infield.
As for Dixon and Schebler, the latter could fit right into one of the two corner outfield positions and looks to be more of a power threat based on his swing and raw power. However, he can still be a threat on the bases even though that won't translate into a lot of steals. For Dixon, he had a solid .295/.318/.508 with three homers in 16 games in the Arizona Fall League and could be worth something with the amount of positions he has played in the minors. He looks to be more of a utility player in the majors for the Reds.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers also got three prospects in the deal -- Frankie Montas, Micah Johnson and Trayce Thompson -- from the White Sox. All three have potential, but have a lot of work to do to really factor in the Dodgers' future plans.
Montas has hit 100 MPH on his fastball and has been starting, but many scouts see him as a reliever due to a problem with walks and lack of control on the mound.
Johnson is a plus defender and can hit for average, but is lacking power for an infielder. He can swipe bases and should be fighting for the starting role at second base.
Thompson -- the brother of NBA/Golden State Warriors superstar Klay Thompson -- figures to be an outfielder and made his debut with the White Sox last season. In 44 games, he hit five home runs with a .295/.363/.533 stat line. He didn't really do much in the power department in the minors, so is has yet to be seen if he will pan out.
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