The Chicago White Sox have acquired Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal, MLB Trade Rumors is reporting. The Reds will receive Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the deal, while the White Sox will send Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson, and their organizational No. 1 prospect Frankie Montas to the Dodgers.
Frazier was a potential trade target for the Cleveland Indians, with rumors of their interest dating back to before the Winter Meetings. As recent as this week, the Indians were said to have "intense interest" in the Reds third baseman, but apparently not enough to outbid their division rival White Sox. The Reds asking price was thought to involve one of (if not both) top Indians prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier.
Whether or not you wanted the Indians to empty their farm for two years of Todd Frazier, there is no denying that the White Sox getting him is terrible news for the Tribe. Every other team in the Central Division has improved significantly one way or another, but the Indians remain mostly stagnant. The offseason is not over, but so far it is not looking great.
I mean, sure, the Indians are built to win in the next two years and a major upgrade at third base could have put them in legitimate playoff contention but [insert optimistic line here if you really want to, or not, I don't care].