Here we were, minding our business on a ho-hum Wednesday morning, when news of a pending trade between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers began to leak all over Twitter. We found out that top Chicago prospect Frankie Montas was heading to LA, at which point it became evident that there were significant parts involved.
Then C. Trent Rosecrans dropped this on us:
Todd Frazier is pet of the White Sox - Dodgers trade #Reds— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 16, 2015
And, with that, the Cincinnati Reds rebuild hit a blistering pace, and All Star Todd Frazier's career in the Queen City came to an abrupt end.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal later added this tidbit about the Reds return:
Peraza, Dixon, Schebler go to #Reds— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2015
That's Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon, and Scott Schebler, each of whom come from the Dodgers system. Frazier appears to be the lone player moving to Chicago in the deal, while Los Angeles is getting Montas, Micah Johnson, and Trayce Thompson, according to CBS's Jon Heyman.
Peraza's the clear top prospect in this deal for Cincinnati, though he's still very unproven, young, and unable to take a walk. MLB.com had him ranked as the #38 prospect in all of baseball prior to 2015, for what it's worth. He's now been dealt twice in the last few months, though, as he was originally part of the package sent to LA from the Atlanta Braves in their massive deal last fall. He's a middle infielde, which means that already log-jammed portion of the Reds roster is going to need a thorough shaking out at some point in the very near future, since Peraza's already cracked the big leagues.
Schebler's a 25 year old OF who has shown big power in the past - he blasted 28 dingers at AA Chattanooga back in 2013 - but he struggled in his first taste of AAA last year. Baseball America ranked him as the #14 prospect in the Dodgers' system. Dixon, meanwhile, is a 23 year old IF who's probably destined for AA Pensacola after posting a .647 OPS in his first foray at the level last season. He was a 3rd round pick out of the University of Arizona back in 2013.
As for the quality of the haul, well, that's obviously still to-be-determined. Early judgement of it, however, has already begun in earnest, and the Reds haven't exactly impressed the scouting community.
Scouts, execs raving about White Sox getting Frazier and prospect package Dodgers got back. Reported return for Cincinnati ... not so much.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2015
Enjoy the Windy City, Todd. At least you're not a Cub.