Cincinnati Reds Trade All-Star Frazier for Prospects

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Cincinnati Reds Trade Frazier
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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an accomplished entrepreneur who cofounded and led Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. for 25 years and now maintains a business consultancy. An avid sports fan, Ted Catino supports teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a rebuilding mode and made a number of strategic moves in late 2015 to position itself for future success. One major deal involved the trade of veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, who has 2015 All-Star credentials. His 2015 stats included 89 RBIs and 35 home runs, and he impressed local fans by winning the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star game in Cincinnati.

In a three-team arrangement involving the Dodgers, Frazier will go to the White Sox, and the Reds will receive a trio of prospects from the Dodgers in return. These include outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder/outfielder José Peraza, who were minor-league standouts in 2015 and both gained big-league experience with the Dodgers late in the season. The third player, infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon, is coming up from a AA affiliate of the Dodgers.

The trade of Frazier, who makes $12 million a year, was not a complete surprise to Cincinnati fans. It follows a recent trend of the team trading high-salary players to make room for up-and-coming talent on the roster.

David Ortiz’s Hall-of-Fame Career

 

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David Ortiz
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After running a successful Ohio-based automotive financing company for over 25 years, Theodore “Ted” Catino moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he has found great satisfaction in helping others start their own businesses as a coach and consultant. In his leisure time, Ted Catino enjoys following the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox have been one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most successful franchises in the 21st century, winning three World Series after not winning one since 1918. One of the catalysts behind those three recent championship wins is David Ortiz, the beloved designated hitter who retired following the 2016 season.

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent, Ortiz came to Boston in 2003 and immediately established himself as a middle-of-the-lineup power hitter. He hit 31 homeruns in his debut season with the team and went on to hit at least 23 in each of the next 13 seasons.

His career-best season was in 2006 when he hit an American League-best 54 homeruns and drove in 137 runs. He also led the league in walks with 119. Ortiz played a major role in all three Red Sox championships, including the most recent one in 2013, in which he was named World Series MVP after reaching base successfully in 19 of 25 plate appearances. He finished his career with 541 homeruns, which ranks 17th overall in MLB.