The Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers have completed a three-team, seven-player trade, with the White Sox acquiring All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds.
The White Sox sent second baseman Micah Johnson, right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson to the Dodgers, while Cincinnati received infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from Los Angeles.
Frazier, 29, batted .255 (158-619) with 43 doubles, 35 home runs, 89 RBI, 82 runs scored and 13 stolen bases over 157 games with Cincinnati in 2015. He ranked among the National League leaders in at-bats (1st), doubles (T2nd), extra-base hits (3rd, 79), home runs (4th), total bases (4th, 308), home run ratio (6th, 17.7), slugging percentage (10th, .498), RBI (11th) and OPS (19th, .806). Frazier was a NL finalist for the Gold Glove Award and received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the Cincinnati chapter of the BBWAA.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Frazier was one of four players in the major leagues last season to record at least 40 doubles and 35 home runs, joining the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, and the second player in Reds history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson (1962).
Frazier made his second straight All-Star Team and first start after collecting 52 extra-base hits before the break, the second-highest total in Reds history behind Hall-of-Famer Johnny Bench (54 in 1970). He became the first Cincinnati player and the 14th in major-league history to record at least 26 doubles and 25 home runs in the first half. Frazier also won the Home Run Derby in his home park while serving as the Reds All-Star Game ambassador.
“Todd is one of the finer all around third basemen in the league. He is a high-character, smart baseball player who will provide an impact bat in the middle of our order,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “He solidifies us defensively at third base and provides a great presence in our lineup and in the clubhouse.”
Frazier, a native of Point Pleasant, N.J., is a career .257 (586-2,281) hitter with 108 home runs, 324 RBI, 305 runs scored and a .784 OPS over five major-league seasons, all with the Reds. He leads all NL third basemen since 2012 with 592 games played, ranks second with 102 home runs, 309 RBI and 288 runs scored and third with 120 doubles.
Frazier originally was selected by the Reds out of Rutgers University with a sandwich pick (34th overall) between the first and second rounds of the 2007 draft.
Johnson, 24, hit .230 (23-100) with four doubles, four RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases in 36 games over two stints with the White Sox in 2015. He also appeared in 78 games with Class AAA Charlotte, batting .315 (98-311) with 17 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 36 RBI, 54 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.
Montas, 22, appeared in seven games (two starts) with the White Sox in 2015, going 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA (8 ER/15.0 IP) and 20 strikeouts. He also went 5-5 with a 2.97 ERA (37 ER/112.0 IP) and 108 strikeouts over 23 starts with Class AA Birmingham. He was acquired by the White Sox on July 30, 2013 as part of a three-team trade with Boston and Detroit that included pitcher Jake Peavy and outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Thompson, 24, batted .295 (36-122) with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored over 44 games with the White Sox in 2015. He also appeared in 104 games with Charlotte, hitting .260 (101-388) with 23 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 39 RBI while earning a spot on the International League midseason All-Star Team.