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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: TODD FRAZIER STAYS IN PRIME HITTING PARK

The Cincinnati Reds added All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to their ever growing list of players who have been traded this winter as the team continues to tear everything down in order to start a rebuilding process.  Frazier was sent to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a three-team deal that also involved the always active Los Angeles Dodgers.  In order to get Frazier, the White Sox sent top power pitching prospect Frankie Montas, along with outfielder Trayce Thompson and infielder Micah Johnson to the Dodgers, while the Reds get infield prospect Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon from the Dodgers.  As always lets dig into the deal and find out what if any impacts it has on 2016 fantasy baseball.

Todd Frzaier:  Clearly Frazier was the big fish in the deal as the veteran is a top tier fantasy baseball third baseman who has been incredibly productive the last two years in particular.  Last season Frazier smacked a career-high 35 home runs, drove in 89 batters, and swiped 13 bases in a tremendous campaign with the Reds.  That validated the 29-HR-22-SB breakout Frazier had posted in 2014 and solidified his standing as a top two round fantasy baseball draft pick for the foreseeable future.  As far as the move to the White Sox is concerned, other than learning some new pitchers in the AL, Frazier should remain a top slugger as he remains in a prime power park in Chicago.  Outside of his .260-ish average (due to a high K rate), Frazier is a gem in the other four standard ROTO categories and is right there in the debate with Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado in terms of who should be the second third baseman off the board in 2016 drafts.

Frankie Montas:  Montas is the biggest prospect in the deal as the Dodgers will likely utilize him toward the back end of their bullpen after pulling out of the Aroldis Chapman trade.  Montas has a power arm that collects a bunch of strikeouts, which he did when he put up a 12.00 K/9 during his 15 inning stint with the White Sox in 2015.  Prior to that cup of coffee run, Montas had a 2.97 ERA in 112.0 innings at Double-A for the White Sox, while again posting a good K rate at 8.68.  As most young power pitchers do however, Montas has issues with control.  On the surface it is likely the Dodgers start him in the bullpen and maybe transition him to a starter later on in the year or in 2017.  Either way Montas should be monitored early in spring training in order to see what his status will be. 

 

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