Frazier's focus: 'Just keep on rolling' with Sox

Veteran feels good about offense, hopes to stay with South Siders

Frazier's focus: 'Just keep on rolling' with Sox

CHICAGO -- There have been times over the past few weeks where Todd Frazier has thought about or discussed trade rumors involving his name.

Usually the White Sox third baseman is answering questions brought about by his friends on the matter.

"They always hit me up," Frazier said. "I have guys at home who are big Red Sox fans, and they are like, 'It's going to happen.' I'm like, 'You guys have no clue.' Or Mets fans or whatever it is.

"It's mainly for them. I've been around it before a bunch of times. It's just like another day, I guess. Until you get a call or the GM tells you, I'm not worried about it. I'm worried about being a [member of the] White Sox right now."

Frazier is in an interesting position as a free agent-to-be in the midst of a slightly weird season, health-wise. He battled through a sprained left pointer finger in January, a left oblique strain during Spring Training, a knockdown bad case of the flu in-season and most recently back stiffness.

As the White Sox return from a 3-7 road trip, the 31-year-old has a .192 average with five home runs, seven doubles and 19 RBIs -- not exactly the numbers of what great trades are based upon.

But teams understand Frazier's value, both on the field and in the clubhouse, and he feels closer at the plate to where he needs to be. He has a .301 on-base percentage and seems to be tracking the ball much better offensively.

Frazier's two-run single

"Just trying to focus on squaring the ball up," Frazier said. "That's basically it and seeing the ball. No matter what pitch it is."

In a Tuesday night loss to the D-backs in which Frazier hit a long home run to right-center field, he didn't chase one pitch out of the strike zone. He only had one hit to show for his work, followed by two walks on Wednesday, but Frazier feels on the right path back toward his 40-homer, 98-RBI performance of 2016.

"Hopefully I just keep on rolling," Frazier said. "It's one of those things where you feel good. You don't ever want that feeling to go away. When it does go away, it's like, 'What the heck happened?' Just keep on focusing on what I've been doing and just seeing the right pitch I need to hit."

Frazier spoke at SoxFest and during Spring Training about a desire to stay with the White Sox, even with the rebuild. That desire might not be fulfilled and he soon could find himself on a true contender, but he enjoys serving as the veteran mentor among a group of talented young prospects, and he would like to extend that unofficial job description.

"No talks or anything," said Frazier of possible contract discussions with the White Sox. "Hopefully one day they will. It will be a great opportunity here and just depends on what road they want to go.

"I've expressed to them how much I would like to stay here. We have a really good time. We have a good mix, and they are learning fast. It has been fun to watch."

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.