Frazier brings sizzle to hot corner for White Sox

Newcomer takes over third base; Davidson tries to reclaim offensive prowess

Frazier brings sizzle to hot corner for White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier's locker sits in the back right corner of the White Sox clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, surrounded by veterans Adam LaRoche, John Danks and Chris Sale.

He arrives as the impact bat so desperately needed by the South Siders, along with a potential answer at third base for at least the next two years.

About six or seven lockers to Frazier's right is where Matt Davidson will be situated for Spring Training. Davidson, who turns 25 at the end of March, was supposed to have a similar impact as Frazier at third when he was acquired from the D-backs prior to the 2014 season, but with less polish and experience.

That Davidson plan has not panned out to date, with his 355 strikeouts and averages hovering around .200 for each of the last two seasons at Triple-A Charlotte. It's understandable to everyone involved why the White Sox gave up Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas to pry Frazier away from the Reds.

"I kind of expected it," said Davidson of the Frazier trade. "I would think, as the White Sox, you would want to produce at third base, and obviously I haven't been doing that. No hurt feelings or anything like that. I would have done the same thing if I was in their position.

"You want to be that guy. I was that guy a couple of years ago. I totally get it. I've struggled really bad. I haven't been happy with my performance at all."

There certainly have been other third basemen aside from Davidson who didn't settle into the White Sox job. Frazier looks to provide stability at the position that has been lacking since the days of Joe Crede.

Judging by Frazier's shots launched into the pitchers' bullpen sessions during batting practice, not to mention his 64 homers and 65 doubles over the past two seasons, he should fit nicely into the middle of the lineup. Judging by his media session Sunday, along with the compliments already coming in from his teammates, Frazier also could be at the center of this clubhouse.

"Being from New Jersey, I talk a lot, so that's kind of a little bit of it. But you try to lead by example," Frazier said. "As a good leader, you need people behind you to back you up. You can't do it single-handedly.

"Coming into a new complex and a new team, I'm not going to be as boisterous. I'm not going to be crazy. I have to find my little niche, find my way in there. If guys have questions for me, that's fine. We'll talk about it. We have a bunch of veteran guys here already, so why not follow their lead or help out as much as you can."

One of those guys asking questions figures to be Davidson, who has learned a great deal the last two years, about his swing specifically, and can learn more from working with Frazier.

"Putting the ball in play more, hitting my pitches when I get them," said Davidson of his offensive focus. "I was really indecisive last year, trying to hit everything and worrying about every pitch. A lot of mental stuff that you can't do. You have to be up there with a pretty simple mindset and go up there and just hit."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.