AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier was dealt from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Los Angeles received second baseman Micah Johnson, right-hander Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox, and Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers.
The 29-year-old Frazier, who won last summer’s All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, was an NL All-Star in each of the last two seasons and hit .255 this year with 43 doubles, 35 homers and 89 RBIs.
Frazier has a $7.5 million salary next year and can become a free agent after the 2017 season.
The move gives the White Sox a run producer and solid defensive third baseman who had grown into a clubhouse leader in Cincinnati. Frazier had in many ways become the face of Cincinnati’s franchise — even more popular than Joey Votto — after he won the home run derby so dramatically in July.
It turned out to be the best moment in Cincinnati’s disappointing season that ended in a 64-98 record and prompted the Reds to star a full-scale rebuilding. They dealt starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake in July, leaving them with an all-rookie rotation. They had a deal in place to ship closer Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers this month before an offseason domestic dispute became public, putting the deal on hold.
AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.