Frazier wants to stay with Sox past '17, help rebuild

Vet sees himself playing leadership role as club turns corner

Frazier wants to stay with Sox past '17, help rebuild

CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier wants to win a World Series championship. Frazier would also like to stay with the White Sox beyond the 2017 campaign, his last season before he's set to enter free agency.

Those goals may stand at opposition to one another, with Chicago's rebuild in full force. But the veteran seems willing to accept the growth period, since with it comes the potential for excellence in the future.

"Why not? Shoot, I would love to play here longer and help these young guys come up," Frazier said during a taping of the whitesox.com podcast at SoxFest. "I would love to be basically that leader that they wanted me to be last year as well.

"Have I thought about free agency? Yeah, you are only human, but like I said, you have to play the game, play the team game, and the individual stuff will take care of itself and we'll go from there.

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"If they want to come up and talk to me about it, I'm willing, because I do like this city. I'm sick of looking for renting places out here."

The White Sox debut for Frazier featured a 2016 season of mixed personal results. He set career highs with 40 home runs and 98 RBIs, and despite having a -2 DRS (per baseball-reference), he still played respectable defense.

His average dipped to a career low .225 with a career high 164 strikeouts, not to mention that he hit .169 with runners in scoring position. Frazier is already talking about working to hit more the other way, something he discussed recently with Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.

"[Thomas] said, 'You still have power over there [to left]. You will still hit your home runs. But work your way there,'" Frazier said. "The mistakes -- in a good way mistakes -- when you just drop the bat and hit the ball to left field, when they go, they will just come. Worry about getting after it in Spring Training, hit the ball the opposite way and when the ball comes in, just attack it."

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There's a chance the soon-to-be 31-year-old could be moved as part of the rebuild. Matt Davidson, Trey Michalczewski, Nick Delmonico and Zach Remillard are the top-rated third base prospects in the White Sox system. But Frazier could provide both pop and veteran leadership to a burgeoning crew during and after the rebuild.

Frazier's camp could approach the White Sox about a new multiyear deal. Then again, the White Sox have a few other matters on their plate.

"We'll see what happens," Frazier said. "I would have liked to talk to them about it before the season started, but they are pretty busy and still busy trying to figure out who they want on the team. It might take a little while, but it's going to be fun for the White Sox up and coming in the next couple of years."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. 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.