Todd Frazier is changing colors. He’s also changing leagues.
Here’s how the trade breaks down:
Chicago White Sox receive – Todd Frazier
Los Angeles Dodgers receive – Frankie Montas, Micah Jonson, Trayce Thompson
Cincinnati Reds receive – José Peraza, Scott Schebler, Brandon Dixon
The Dodgers have taken some of the best players from Chicago’s farm system, receiving their third, fifth, and fourteenth-ranked prospects. Frankie Montas is a right-handed Dominican with a fastball that tops at 102 mph. Micah Johnson is a nice piece at second base, and stole 84 bases in the minors in 2014. They also receive Trayce Thompson, who appeared in 44 games for the White Sox last season and is brothers with Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.
While the names are nice, their stay in LA may be short-lived. Rosenthal is also reporting that the Dodgers have not given up their pursuit of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. If that’s true, the names that LA could offer Miami just became more enticing.
In the baseball world, the Reds really only got one name in this trade. At 21, José Peraza is the number four Dodgers prospect and the 24th overall. He’s stolen 60 bases in each of his two full seasons, and has played both sides of the infield.
Peraza came into MLB as a shortstop, but has been behind big-time prospects in his first two teams. Because of Corey Seager in LA and Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta, Peraza has been moved to second base. In Cincinnati, he may be able to return to his natural position.
At 29 Frazier is one of the game’s best power-hitting infielders, and has been ever since his little-league days in Toms River, NJ. Last year in Cincinnati, Frazier hit .255 with an .806 OPS and a career-high 35 home runs.