The White Sox have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds in a three-team trade involving the Dodgers, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The full deal is as follows:
WHITE SOX GET: 3B Todd Frazier
DODGERS GET: RHP Frankie Montas, 2B Micah Johnson, OF Trayce Thompson
REDS GET: INF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler, INF Brandon Dixon
Though there are many pieces involved, the headliner of the deal is obviously Frazier, who has drawn strong trade interest from teams like the Royals and Indians so far this winter. Frazier joins fellow trade acquisition Brett Lawrie in a revamped White Sox infield after being shopped heavily by the Reds in recent trade talks.
Frazier, 29, is a 2-time All-Star who gained national attention by winning the Home Run Derby in front of his home crowd in Cincinnati last July. He hit .255/.309/.498 with 35 home runs and 89 RBI in 157 games with Cincinnati last season, and has spent his entire 5-year major-league career with the Reds.
Los Angeles receives a package of young players with major-league experience from the White Sox, acquiring the hard-throwing Montas after the deal for Aroldis Chapman fell apart last week.
Montas, 22, made his major-league debut last season, posting a 4.80 ERA in seven appearances. He was ranked by MLB.com as the 3rd-best prospect in Chicago's system before the trade, and is thought to be one of the best relief prospects in baseball.
Johnson, 24, broke into the majors last season, hitting just .230/.306/.270 with 4 RBI in 36 games. The second baseman will provide depth behind Chase Utley for Los Angeles, who also has Enrique Hernandez as an option at the position.
Thompson, the younger brother of Warriors star Klay Thompson, hit a solid .295/.363/.533 with five home runs for the White Sox last year and will provide the ability to play all over the outfield. The Dodgers currently have a full outfield of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke, though Thompson could start the year in Triple-A or become trade bait for Los Angeles.
Peraza, 21, is included in a three-team deal for the second time in less than five months, as he was originally sent from the Braves to the Dodgers in the July deal involving Hector Olivera and Alex Wood. The infielder posted a .293/.316/.378 line with four homers at Triple-A last season and was ranked by MLB.com as the 4th-best prospect in Los Angeles' system at the time of the deal.
Schebler, 25, did not fit on the Dodgers' roster due to the team's outfield depth, but will instead likely compete for a spot on the White Sox behind Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia. He has hit .250/.325/.500 in 35 major-league at-bats and is considered a mid-level prospect.
Dixon, 23, was the Dodgers' 3rd-round pick in the 2013 draft and hit .263/.303/.443 with five homers at three levels for the Dodgers last season.