POST CHRISTMAS POST

Before we get started with our “Post Chirstmas Post,” I want to recognize some of the great baseball people we lost over the last few days.

First, Reds Hall of Famer Jim O’Toole left us on Saturday at the age of 78.

Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager Chris Eckes provided us this overview of O’Toole’s career:

A Chicago native who adopted Cincinnati as his hometown after spending nine of his ten Major League seasons as a Red, Jim O’Toole was a fixture at Reds events of all types and sizes throughout his post-playing career. No day was more special to Jim and his expansive family than Opening Day. Jim was the Reds starting pitcher in three Opening Day contests and won two of them. Each year, dozens of members of the O’Toole clan would attend the Reds’ first game of the season.

On December 26, 2015, Jim O’Toole lost his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, passing away at his home a day after celebrating Christmas with his family. He was 78 years old.

One of the Reds’ top starting pitchers in the 1960s, O’Toole spent only one season in the minor leagues before making his Reds debut in September of 1958. He quickly developed into one of the anchors of a Reds pitching staff that became one of the game’s best.

A left-handed pitcher, O’Toole won at least sixteen games each season from 1961-1964, winning a career high nineteen in the Reds’ 1961 National League Championship season. O’Toole’s victory total ranked third in the National League in 1961 and his ERA of 3.10 was the league’s second best. His performance earned him the starting assignment in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The starting pitcher for the National League in the 1963 All-Star Game, O’Toole was a 17-game winner that season. He was a 17-game winner again in 1964, posting a career-best 2.66 ERA for a Reds team that finished two games short of winning its second pennant in four seasons.

O’Toole won 94 games over the course of his 1958 – 1966 Reds career, a total bested by only five left-handed pitchers in franchise history. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1970 in his first year of eligibility.

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The baseball world also learned yesterday of the passing of long-time St. Louis sportswriter Joe Strauss.  Joe lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 54.  I’ll always remember Joe as a fixture in the Great American Ball Park pressbox when the Reds hosted the Cardinals.

Although I didn’t know Joe that well, I did appreciate his wit and wisdom and dry sense of humor; and he was always very kind and friendly to those of us in the Reds media relations department.  I know for a fact there a several of us here in Cincinnati who are going to miss Joe.

Braves coach Bobby Dews and former big league star Dave Henderson also left us over the weekend.

My most vivid memory of Dews was watching him while I was on the Reds ground crew tirelessly hit fungos during batting practice.  I don’t think I ever remember an image of Dews without a fungo bat in his hand.  Dews was an icon in the Braves organization and Better Off Red sends its most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Gosh, how many Dave Henderson baseball cards did I have?  Countless.  That’s how I was first introduced to him and his unique smile.  “Hendu” finally became a real person to me when I saw highlights of him hitting that improbable home run off Donnie Moore in the ALCS so long ago.  He became a player to be wary of (and respected) when he joined the Athletics and squared off against our Reds in the 1990 World Series.  It saddens me that he left us at the young age of 57.  Better Off Red sends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of “Hendu.”

So many of us in and out of the game appreciate what all four of these guys contributed to our great sport and we won’t forget them.  Rest in peace, fellas.

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In happier news, Better Off Red gave you folks an additional few days to participate in the final day of the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas.  Our final day randomly-selected winner is Patty Heitzman. She correctly answered that Gimbys and Macys were the competing department stores in the original Miracle on 34th Street.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2015 Umpteen Days of Christmas!  It was fun and we had some great prizes to give away, thanks to all of the gracious departments in the Reds front office.

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For those of you who haven’t made it out to the Holy Grail Banks for a Tuesday night filled with Reds Hot Stove League and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia action – you’re really missing out.  Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about…

This past Tuesday (the 22nd) after Marty and Thom hosted a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show and before we took the stage to begin BOR Baseball Trivia, a gentleman named Britt Denny requested a few minutes to propose to his girlfriend, Laura Kelch.  It was our first live marriage proposal!

Laura is the daughter of Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch and I can promise you that Britt did indeed get permission from Jim before popping the question.  It added to a great/memorable night at the Holy Grail Banks.  I hope you’ll join us next Tuesday, January 5th for Reds Hot Stove League/BOR Baseball Trivia!

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

Britt on kneeling on the right proposes to Laura in the green dress

 

She said yes!

She said yes!

And here’s a photo of Tuesday’s night’s BOR Trivia participants…

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That’s all for now. More in a bit.

Happy holidays and expect good news!

Jamie

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: THE FINAL DAY

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas,” and today is the final day!

To qualify for the the final day’s prize, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question, using the comments section of this blog post:

What are the names of the two competing department stores in the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Eight’s randomly selected winner, Chad Chessin who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Uncle Eddie’s dog drank a half quart of Pennzoil before they left for the Griswold’s. (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Chad wins an authenticated Major League baseball signed by members of the 2015 Cincinnati Reds, 2 tickets to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, two mystery bobbleheads, a “Get Your Stache On” t-shirt and a 2015 All-Star Game cap!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

A VERY SPECIAL BOR TRIVIA TUESDAY FOLLOWING HOT STOVE LEAGUE SHOW

Be sure to join us Tuesday, December 22 (tomorrow) at the Holy Grail Banks for a very special night of Reds baseball!

We’ll fire things up at 6pm for a live episode of the Reds Hot Stove League radio show. Immediately following the hot stove show, yours truly will host a very special edition of Better Off Red Baseball Trivia!

This week’s BOR Baseball trivia theme will be “Christmas” and all trivia participants are encouraged to wear ugly holiday sweaters!  We’ll give away plenty of great prizes, have tons of fun and lots of laughs as we test our baseball and Christmas show knowledge.

I hope to see you all there at Holy Grail Banks tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 22)!

…and don’t forget to wear an ugly sweater!

Jamie

 

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY EIGHT

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through TOMORROW, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

According to Uncle Eddie, what did his dog drink before they left for the Griswold’s?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Seven’s randomly selected winner, Jim Hampton who correctly answered yesterday’s question that the address of the old house in which Mary wants to live with George Bailey is 320 Sycamore. (It’s a Wonderful Life). Jim wins a 2015 All-Star Game lithograph signed by Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman, a Johnny Bench bobblehead and a 2015 All-Star Game figurine!

 

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY SEVEN

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

What is the address of the old house in which Mary wants to live with George Bailey?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Six’s randomly selected winner, Marlene Heitzman who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Executive Frank Cross sends people on his Christmas list either a VCR or a bath towel  (Scrooged). Marlene wins 4 tickets to the Sliding Into OM yoga event on Saturday, September 3, 2016 and 4 tickets for free admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum!

A big thanks to the Cincinnati Reds Special Events department for providing the Sliding Into Om tickets.  If you’re interested in participating in a yoga session on the field at Great American Ball Park, please visit Reds.com/Yoga.  Your event package will include a ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals game on Sunday, Sept. 4 and a special yoga session conducted by The Yoga Bar! Packages must be purchased in advance, so reserve your spot today!

Also, a huge thanks to the fine folks at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum who continue to show off their holiday spirit by providing admission tickets to the Better Off Red Umpteen Days of Christmas.  If you happen to have some time off during the holidays and need to get your Reds fix, please visit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.  It’s the best baseball museum this side of Cooperstown!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

BETTER OFF RED PODCAST EPISODE 108: BRENNAMAN, WELSH, BRANTLEY

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While at Redsfest 2015, we collected over 5 hours of podcast material from 19 Reds-related guests. It was quite a haul, and after poring over all of the interviews, we are finally at a point where we can make those recordings available to the listeners of the Better Off Red Podcast.

Over the next few weeks the BOR Podcast will revisit Redsfest 2015 with a litany of guests who helped make the annual offseason event one of the best in all of baseball.  This week’s show features Reds broadcasters Marty Brennaman, Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley.

Music on this week’s podcast comes from the debut album by Lael Neale called I’ll Be Your Man.  Lael is actually not a man, rather, she’s a beautiful songstress from Los Angeles who has emerged on the scene with some of the most gorgeous music I’ve heard in a long, long time.  I can’t recommend her music to you enough.  Pick up her debut album I’ll Be Your Man, available now on iTunes.

To listen to this week’s episode of the BOR Podcast, CLICK HERE.

(The BOR Podcast will be idle next week.  We’ll release a new episode on the 31st)

Thanks for listening!

Jamie

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY SIX

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

Executive Frank Cross sends people on his Christmas list one of two items.  What are they?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Five’s randomly selected winner, Roger Fletcher who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Ralphie Parker attended Warren G. Harding Elementary School  (A Christmas Story ). Roger wins a Raisel Iglesias autographed baseball and a $25 gift card from Skyline Chili!

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY FIVE

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

What school does Ralphie Parker attend?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Four’s randomly selected winner, Britton Thornberry who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Karen considers the head the most difficult part to making a snowman (Frosty the Snowman). Britton wins a Great American Date Night Package for August 19 at GABP and two “Get Your ‘Stache On” pint glasses!

A big thank you to the Reds Special Events Department for providing The Great American Date Night package (valued at $250).  It’s an incredibly generous gift and worth every penny if you decide to purchase one for yourself.

The Date Night package is for the August 19 game vs the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.  It includes tickets to watch the game from the Machine Room Grille, private batting practice viewing in section 131, open bar with premium liquor, upscale dinner buffet, DJ, a commemorative item, fireworks, photo booth and mascot opportunities.  This makes for a great holiday gift for that special someone.  If this interests you, please visit Reds.com/DateNight.  

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

THE 2015 UMPTEEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY FOUR

The Better Off Red elves are giving you a chance to win some very cool Reds-related gifts as a “thank you” for your support in 2015! It’s a little something we like to call “The Umpteen Days of Christmas.”

Every day through Tuesday, December 22nd, you’ll have the opportunity to win a top-of-the-line prize. Here’s how…

Using the comments section of this blog post, correctly answer the following Holiday-related trivia question:

What is the most difficult part to making a snowman, according to Karen?  

Easy enough?

You’ll notice, I made the actual comments in the comments section invisible to you and other readers. This is to cut down on “cheating.” Once you submit your comment, it will be automatically emailed to me, where only I’ll be able read your answer. I’ll put all the correct answers in a pile from which I’ll choose one random winner, daily. If you win, I’ll contact you via email.

And remember – no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of the year, Better Off Red celebrates it, too. Thus, all of you are encouraged to participate!

Congratulations to Day Three’s randomly selected winner, Lindsey Roberts who correctly answered yesterday’s question that Emmet Otter played washtub bass in the Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band (Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas). Lindsey wins a Joey Votto autographed Reds helmet and two tickets to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum!

A big thank you to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum for providing the tickets today.  This is the perfect time of the year to stop by the Reds Hall to get your baseball fix and to see what is widely considered to be the best baseball hall of fame this side of Cooperstown!  

We’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Jamie

Official Rules for BETTER OFF RED Giveaways: Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of any MLB entity and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries & affiliated companies and their immediate families and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible for any Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion. If you have received a Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) giveaway in the last 30 days, you’re not eligible. If you live more than 100 miles from the ballpark where a game for which tickets are being given away will be played, you are not eligible for that ticket giveaway. If a giveaway recipient is determined to be ineligible, Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) may, in its sole and absolute discretion, not give away the goods or ticket(s) or may give the goods or ticket(s) to the next eligible follower. You will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message or email) provide your name and address if you are selected as a giveaway recipient. Better Off Red (ramsey.mlblogs.com) will not keep or store your information or use it for any purpose other than sending your giveaway item(s) or providing you information on receiving the item(s). Giveaways are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules or regulations.

#REDS ACQUIRE PROSPECTS IN THREE-TEAM DEAL, SEND FRAZIER TO WHITE SOX

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reds Acquire Prospects Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler & Brandon Dixon
From Dodgers As Part Of Three-Team Deal;
Send Todd Frazier To White Sox

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty today announced the acquisitions of IF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler and IF Brandon Dixon from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a 3-team deal in which the Chicago White Sox received from the Reds 3B Todd Frazier and the Dodgers received from the Sox CF Trayce Thompson, IF Micah Johnson and RHP Frankie Montas.

Peraza, 21, this year hit .293 with 33 stolen bases in 118 appearances for the Class AAA affiliates of the Braves and Dodgers and in his Major League debut played in 7 games for Los Angeles. In 461 career minor league games, he has hit .302 with an on-base percentage of .342 while stealing 210 bases in 259 attempts (81%). Primarily a middle infielder, last season Peraza made 18 appearances in CF, including 1 game at that position for the Dodgers.

Heading into the upcoming season, Peraza had been rated by Baseball America the fourth-best prospect in the Dodgers’ organization. In 2015, he was rated the top prospect in the Braves’ system and by mid-season was rated the 26th-best prospect in all of baseball before he was traded to Los Angeles in July. Peraza also entered this year rated the fastest baserunner in the Southern League and the Carolina League’s best baserunner and best defensive second baseman.

Originally signed by Atlanta as an international free agent in July 2010, the native of Venezuela on July 30 was traded to the Dodgers with LHP Alex Wood, LHP Luis Avilan, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash as part of 3-team deal in which Dodgers sent 3B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and RHP Zack Bird to the Braves and RHP Jeff Brigham, RHP Victor Araujo and RHP Kevin Guzman to Florida, while the Marlins sent RHP Mat Latos, 1B Mike Morse and cash to the Dodgers and a 2016 supplemental first-round pick to Atlanta.

Schebler, 25, spent most of last season with the Dodgers’ affiliate in Oklahoma City, his first action at Class AAA, and in 121 appearances produced 13 HR, 50 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He also made his Major League debut with 3 homers and 4 RBI in just 19 games for Los Angeles. Schebler entered the 2015 season rated LA’s eighth-best prospect.

In each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons Schebler was an Milb.com Organizational All-Star and a post-season league All-Star, and in 2014 he was named to the prestigious Arizona Fall League’s All-Prospects team. In 2013, he was the Dodgers’ Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .296 with 27 HR, 96 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 125 games and leading the California League extra-base hits (69) and total bases (277).

Dixon, 23, in 128 appearances last season for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Class AA Tulsa combined to hit .263 with 19 HR, 68 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He also played for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, where in 16 appearances he hit .295 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. Dixon was selected by Los Angeles in the third round of the June 2013 first-year player draft.

Frazier, 29, was selected by the Reds in the supplemental first round of the June 2007 first-year player draft and was an All-Star the last 2 seasons. In his 4 seasons with the Reds he hit .257 with 108 HR and 324 RBI.

Thompson, 24, was selected by Chicago in the second round of the June 2009 first-year player draft out of Santa Margarita (CA) High School.

Johnson, 24, was selected by the Sox in the ninth round of the June 2012 first-year player draft out of Indiana University.

Montas, 22, originally was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in December 2009. He was traded to the White Sox on July 31, 2013 in a deal that sent Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal to Boston, Jose Iglesias to Detroit and Avisail Garcia, Cleulius Rondon and Jeffery Wendelken to Chicago.

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