On Wednesday morning, the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that sent All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to Chicago.
Frazier has been an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, playing 157 games in each year and posting an average slash line of .264/.322/.479. Thanks to a two-year extension that he signed with the Reds on the eve of last season, Frazier is under one of the most team-friendly contracts in the league next season: he will earn $7.5 million in 2016, then enter into his third and final year of arbitration in 2017, and then hit free agency before the 2018 season. Frazier’s combination of talent and favorable contract has made him a commonly discussed trade target for most of the 2015 season.
Evaluating the six prospects who are also being moved in the deal appears to be a challenge: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports hypothesizes that the Dodgers emerged with a better haul than what the Reds received in return. Los Angeles receives Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas, and Trayce Thompson, who all sipped cups of coffee with the White Sox last season. The Dodgers are sending prospects Brandon Dixon, Jose Peraza, and Scott Schebler to the Reds.
Cincinnati also engaged in serious discussions with the Dodgers earlier this offseason about a trade centering around Aroldis Chapman, a deal that has apparently been nixed following a scary domestic dispute involving Chapman.