It appears that the Cincinnati Reds aren't holding anything back in their rebuild efforts, and Wednesday saw the first big bit of news regarding All Star 3B Todd Frazier.
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Reds and the Cleveland Indians are talking about Frazier, which could land the 30 year old to-be with the Reds' AL rivals.
As of now, Nightengale's the lone national reporter who's taken to Twitter with this report, so it'll remain to be seen whether anything further develops. It does make sense on paper, however, since Cleveland's 3Bs only hit .235/.286/.342 in 2015, their collective 72 wRC+ good for 3rd worst in all of baseball.
Of more importance to Reds fans, though, is that Cleveland's system is heavy with position prospects that would look great on the Cincinnati farm. Both Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier are highly regarded OF prospects, and landing one of them as a deal centerpiece would make for a rather nice return for Frazier, all told.
Also just in is this nugget from MLB.com's Phil Rogers, which involves Frazier, the Chicago White Sox, and a dang fine prospect in IF Tim Anderson.
Source: Reds have asked White Sox for No. 1 prospect Tin Anderson in talks regarding Todd Frazier. Seems an unlikely match. #Reds WhiteSox— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) December 9, 2015
Or his evil cousin Tin, perhaps. It's worth noting that while the Indians 72 wRC+ from their 3Bs was 3rd worst in all of baseball, the White Sox ranked dead last with an ugly 64 mark. Tim Anderson is a slick fielding SS prospect who's major league ready and wields a bat that makes him more than just a glove guy, and there's plenty of reasons why he's the top prospect in the Chicago system. Adding him to the Reds mix would bring another infielder into the fold to help offset the major loss they'd see at 3B, too.
More as it comes.
UPDATE (4:00 PM ET):
Carry on, carry on.
Word I’m hearing is #Reds are shopping Frazier heavily. Makes most sense at this point— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 9, 2015