On Wednesday, The Dodgers, White Sox and Reds pulled off a major three-way trade that sends All-Star third baseman, Todd Frazier, to Chicago from Cincinnati. The deal was confirmed by CBS Sports MLB Insider, Jon Heyman.
Right hander Frankie Montas, infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder, Trayce Thompson, are heading to the Dodgers from the White Sox. The Reds on the other hand, will now boast the likes of INF/OF Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler, and infielder Brandon Dixon, with all three players coming from the Dodgers.
Frazier, a two-time All-Star, is coming off a 2015 season with the Reds in which he batted .255/.309/.498 (117 OPS+) with 35 homers in 157 games. Throughout his career, Frazier boasts an OPS+ of 113 across parts of five big-league seasons and is also regarded as a plus defender at third.
He is under contract for $7.5 million for 2016 and is eligible for arbitration next off-season. Frazier is also set for free agency after the 2017 season.
Montas on the other hand, was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox from the Dominican Republic in 2009 but was later dealt to the White Sox in July 2013 as part of a three-way trade which saw the likes of Avisail Garcia move to Chicago, Jake Peavy to Boston and Jose Iglesias to Detroit. In six minor league seasons, Montas has pitched at 3.86 ERA and 2.39 K/BB ration. Since 2013, he has worked almost exclusively as a starter.
25-year-old Johnson, featured in 36 games for the White Six last season and in four minor league seasons, batted 301/.368/.431 with 153 stolen bases and 336 games played at second base.
LA native Thompson, is coming off a successful 44-game rookie stint with the White Sox. In the minors, the 24-year-old put up an OPS of .747 across seven seasons.
Peraza, who will play for the Reds next season, is originally a Braves prospect. The 21-year-old entered the 2015 season as a consensus top-100 prospect and batted .302/.342/.387 with 201 steals in five minor-league seasons.
25-year-old Schebler displayed great power in a brief stint with the Dodgers last term. It is clear that he will be a corner outfielder at the top level. As for Dixon, he boasts an OPS of .677 across three minor league seasons in which he spent time at four different positions which showcases his great versatility.
It is quite clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers are already preparing for 2017 after adding to a trove of minor league talent in this three-team trade. The Dodgers are clearly casting their lot with a younger generation. All three players are going to feature a little in 2016 but their impact is going to be more visible in the future seasons.
Although some have called this move a curious one, considering the $230 million payroll and some really frustrated fans, the Dodgers president has already hinted at bigger moves next year which means that the younger generation could have a few experienced players to learn from in the coming months.