While Christmas is only 8 days away, it must already be here on the South Side of Chicago. The White Sox acquired All Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds in a three team deal also involving the Dodgers. Here is how the deal went:
White Sox acquire Todd Frazier from Reds. Reds acquire Jose Perzaza, Scott Schebler, and Brandon Dixon from Dodgers. Dodgers acquire Frankie Montas, Micah Johnson, and Trayce Thompson from White Sox.
Have an early Merry Christmas, White Sox fans. While that’s blockbuster, let’s look at some more minor transactions. The Mets resign Bartolo Colon to a one year, $7.25 million deal. If you know a Mets fan who still needs ideas for a Christmas gift, buy him/her a Colon jersey. It’s always a great gift, plus he was the must-see player in 2015 and possibly in 2016. The Indians add to the offense, signing Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis to one year deals. Cleveland needs depth in the outfield, and a slugger to fit in with Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. The Angels also sign outfielder Daniel Nava to a one year deal.
Going back to the Frazier deal, Brett Lawrie will move from third to play second base. That doesn’t mean the infield for 2016 is set just yet. I would prefer the Sox to sign a starting shortstop. Alexei Ramirez or Jimmy Rollins would be fine, but Ian Desmond would possibly get the White Sox into the postseason as one of the Wild Card seeds. I think that the AL Central will be the most competitive divisions during the 2016 season. We’ll see what really happens beginning April 4th (Opening Night).