The Cincinnati Reds have traded third baseman Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox, with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a third team facilitating a swap of prospects. The Reds are getting Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon, and the Dodgers are getting Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson, and Micah Johnson.
The White Sox had a disappointed 2015, and there was some talk that they might be better off selling on Chris Sale and Jose Abreu and moving into rebuild mode, but adding Frazier indicates that they see the A.L. Central as winnable this year. The Rangers supposedly inquired about Frazier earlier in the offseason, with the thought of using him in left field, but that didn't go anywhere.
Meanwhile, why did the Dodgers get involved in this deal?
Scouts, execs raving about White Sox getting Frazier and prospect package Dodgers got back. Reported return for Cincinnati ... not so much.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2015
The Marlins have sought volume in their Jose Fernandez trade talks. Few teams in baseball have as much prospect volume now as the Dodgers.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2015
So let's see if this is a prelude to a possible Fernandez-to-LAD deal...