The Cincinnati Reds made good on their offseason promise that no player on their roster is safe, and the team has traded third baseman Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox. The deal that sends Frazier to the White Sox also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-team, seven-player trade.
According to ESPN, “The Reds will receive infielders Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. The White Sox send pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder Trayce Thompson to the Dodgers.”
Frazier batted .255 with 35 home runs and 89 runs batted in last season, and won the All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. He is known best for his nice guy demeanor that he says was passed down by his father.
“It just goes with the personality from my dad, I don’t know,” Frazier said in an interview this year. “He told me to be nice to everybody. You never know who is watching. And have a good time. That’s all I try to do because you never know who you are talking to or if it’s going to be the guy you are riding on the bus with next week and you get a flat tire and that could be your next best friend. That’s how I go about life” via cincinnati.com.
He is also a hard working talent that has somewhat struggled in the four-plus years that he was in Cincinnati, but the White Sox will benefit from his on-base percentage, which was something that they struggled with last season as a team.
In his career, Frazier has accumulated a .257 AVG, 108 home runs, 324 RBIs and .321 OBP. With the acquisition of Frazier, the White Sox are likely to move newly acquired 3B Brett Lawrie (Athletics) to second base. Although, Frazier has played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field in his short career and could play multiple positions for Chicago if need be.