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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Toddfather Traded To White Sox In A Deal The Reds Couldn't Refuse

Todd Frazier is a fan favorite who had a tremendous first half last year.

The Reds are rebuilding and Frazier was too tempting for the White Sox to pass up.  Frazier will improve them defensively.

The Reds are also in discussion with the Washington Nationals to trade Brandon Phillips, leaving Zack Cozart and Joey Votto as the only hold overs in the infield.  The Reds have built a stable of young pitching prospects.  They now need to replace at least one infield spot if they can't move Phillips.

Eugenio Suarez is penciled in to take over thirdbase for Frazier.

The Reds got three young players from the Dodgers while the Dodgers got three young players from the White Sox, including Frankie Montas, who can throw 100 mph and was in Cincinnati to play in the Future's Game in July.

The Reds get IF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler and IF Brandon Dixon.

Peraza is a 21-year old secondbaseman and centerfielder from Barinas, Venezuela.  He was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 2010.  He was involved in a three-way trade between the Braves, Dodgers and Miami Marlins.  The Dodgers got Bronson Arroyo and Mat Latos in the deal and the Dodgers parted with Paco Rodriguez and Hector Olivera and three minor leaguers.
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Peraza made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on August 10. He had four hits in 22 at bats in seven games for the Dodgers.  The 6' 180 lb righthanded batter hit .293 for Gwinnett and Oklahoma City with four home runs, eight triples and 13 doubles.  Peraza stole 33 bases in 40 attempts.

Scott Schebler is a 25-year old lefthanded batting corner outfielder from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The Dodgers drafted him in the 26th round of the 2010 draft.  He will compete with Adam Duvall, Yorman Rodriguez, Juan Duran, Jake Cavem Kyle Waldrop and Tyler Holt for the leftfield position assuming Jay Bruce is not traded.

Schebler made his Major League debut on June 5 against St. Louis.  He hit .250 with three home runs in 36 at bats in 19 games with the Dodgers.  He struck out 13 times and walked three times.  Schebler stole two bases in three attempts.

He hit 27 home runs for High A Rancho Cucamonga in 2013 and 28 at Double A Chattanooga in 2014 and played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in 2014  Last year at Oklahoma City, Schebler hit .241 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 121 games. He walked 40 times and struck out 93 times in 121 games with an on-base-percentage of .322 and slugging percentage of .410 and stole 15 bases in 17 attempts.

Brandon Dixon is 23 years old from Murrieta, California.  The righthanded batter played secondbase, thirdbase and the outfield as the Dodgers third round pick in the 2013 draft out of the University of Arizona..

Dixon played in the Arizona Fall League this past winter as one of the Dodgers' top prospects.  He hit .295 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 16 games.  Dixon started the 2015 season at High A Rancho Cucamonga and then promoted to Double A Tulsa.  Combined, Dixon was a .263 hitter with a .318 on-base-percentage and a .508 slugging percentage.  He hit 19 home runs, five triples and 25 doubles, drove in 68 runs and stole 26 bases in 32 attempts. Dixon struck out 144 times and walked 28 times.

At 6'2" and 215 lbs, Dixon looks like a thirdbaseman, who can develop into a power hitter with speed.

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