So here’s where we (think we) stand, based on the various reports of a fairly big deal as of Wednesday morning.
Jeff Passan, Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman and C. Trent Rosecrans all helped to break the news.
First, as we saw earlier, Passan first broke that a trade was near and followed it up knowing what the first question to his report might be.
Source: Yasiel Puig is NOT going to Chicago in the trade between the Dodgers and White Sox.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2015
Then, Rosecrans tweeted out the biggest immediate impact player who would be involved:
Todd Frazier is pet of the White Sox – Dodgers trade #Reds
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 16, 2015
At this point, it makes sense such a high-level prospect would have to be involved, but one would think Frankie Montas would be heading to Cincinnati.
Heyman followed suit with a few more details, from the Dodgers’ end of things:
peraza shepler dixon go to reds
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 16, 2015
Those names would be Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon heading out of L.A.
Finally, the package coming to the Dodgers was made official, again by Heyman:
montas micah johnson and trayce thompson go to dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 16, 2015
The Dodgers now have quite the farm system with which to either develop the organization organically or make a bigger deal the line with pitching prospects like Montas, Julio Urias or Jose de Leon.
And with that, I’m going to ice my hands.
Official Dodgers Press Release
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the completion of a three-team trade with the Reds and White Sox, with the Dodgers receiving right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and second baseman Micah Johnson; the Reds receiving infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler and minor league infielder Brandon Dixon; and the White Sox receiving third baseman Todd Frazier.
Thompson, 24, saw his first big league action last season with the White Sox, batting .295 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games. Thompson, who attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, has been selected as an All-Star at nearly every level during his seven-year minor league career, being honored as a 2011 Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star, a 2013 and 2014 Double-A Southern League All-Star and a 2015 Triple-A International League All-Star, while batting a combined .241 with 94 steals, 101 home runs and 395 RBI in 734 games. The son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson and brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, was originally selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Montas, 22, appeared in seven games (two starts) with Chicago last year, going 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA, and has posted a 16-25 record with a 3.86 ERA in 92 games (80 starts) in six minor league seasons in the White Sox organization. Montas has limited opponents to a .232 batting average during the course of his minor league career, while averaging more than a strikeout per inning with 390 strikeouts in 382.2 innings. He entered the 2015 season rated as the White Sox’s No. 5 prospect by Baseball America and was honored as a Double-A Southern League All-Star last season, registering a 5-5 record with a 2.97 ERA, a .219 opponents’ batting average and 108 strikeouts in 23 starts with Birmingham. Montas was originally signed by the Red Sox on Dec. 14, 2009 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic.
Johnson, 24, appeared in 36 big league games with the White Sox last year after making the club’s Opening Day roster and has a .301 career batting average with 153 stolen bases, 24 home runs and 163 RBI in 385 games in four minor league seasons. He entered the 2015 season rated as the White Sox’s No. 4 prospect by Baseball America and combined to hit .316 with 28 steals, eight home runs and 36 RBI in 83 minor league games last year with Triple-A Charlotte and the Rookie-level AZL White Sox. During the course of his professional career, Johnson has exclusively appeared at second base following his selection in the ninth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Indiana.
Schebler, 25, saw his first big league action with the Dodgers last season, batting .250 with three home runs and four RBI in 19 games, and has a .272 career batting average with 87 home runs and 340 RBI in 593 minor league games in six professional seasons after being selected by Los Angeles in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Peraza, who was acquired by the Dodgers from Atlanta on July 30, made his Major League debut on Aug. 10 and went 4-for-22 in seven games with Los Angeles last year. The 21-year-old has a .302 career batting average with 210 steals, nine home runs and 183 RBI in 461 minor league games in five professional seasons in the Braves (2011-15) and Dodgers (2015) organizations after signing with Atlanta as an amateur free agent in 2011 out of Venezuela.
Dixon, 23, combined to hit .263 with 19 home runs and 68 RBI in 128 games last season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona.