The Dodgers receive three of the White Sox’s better prospects — Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and second baseman Micah Johnson — while Chicago received All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds.
Update: Andrew Friedman shed some light on the trade and its ramifications. Thompson talked about how he stalled in Double-A and rebounded with some help from his father, former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson.
Baseball Prospectus ranked Johnson as the White Sox’s number-9 overall prospect after the 2014 season. Baseball America ranked Johnson number 4 in its most recent organizational rankings. A left-handed hitter, Johnson batted .230 in 36 games for the White Sox in 2015. He turns 25 on Friday.
Thompson, 24, reached the major leagues in 2015 and batted .295 in 44 games. He is the son of former Lakers player and local talk-radio host Mychal Thompson, and the brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
Montas, a 22-year-old right-hander, also reached the majors with the White Sox this year. Regarded as a power arm, he boasts a 100-mph fastball as well as a changeup and a slider. He started two games in Chicago and relieved another five, allowing 14 hits, eight runs, nine walks and striking out 20 in 15 innings.
For the Dodgers, the trade would appear to increase the quality of their prospect stash, though it’s unknown if they intend to package Montas, Thompson or Johnson in a second trade. Johnson plays the same position as Peraza and also comes with the potential to steal bases, but bats left-handed. Peraza, who hit right-handed, would have been a less ideal platoon partner with right-handed hitting Kiké Hernandez.
While Schebler was a corner outfielder, Thompson can play all three outfield positions. Like Schebler, Thompson also has some pop in his bat (he’s averaged 17 home runs the last five years).
If nothing else, the Dodgers acquired three major league ready prospects for the price of two, adding to their potential 2016 depth.