WTodd Frazier has been the most consistent offensive threat this season. The slugging 3B is under team control until 2018.
Todd Frazier has taken some heat this year for his strikeout rate and low batting average. However, a look at his stats show the third baseman is the most important offensive weapon the White Sox have. The front office has a lot of decisions to make this offseason and Frazier’s name has come up as a trade possibility. If Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn are smart, they hold onto Frazier and even consider talking extension.
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When looking at his stats, it’s clear his aren’t the best. Sure, he has 31 homers and 76 RBIs, but he also leads the team in strikeouts and hits .212. If you look closer, Frazier also leads the White Sox in a few other key categories. Besides homers and RBIs, he leads the team in walks, runs scored, slugging and OPS. All these are important categories. He may strike out a lot but he takes a lot of walks, 50 on the season and also plays great defense.
The White Sox control Frazier through the 2017 season and it was reported he is interested in signing an extension to stay in Chicago. This team has definitely not played to expectations this year but got what they expected from their third baseman. He has played great defense and is the biggest threat in the lineup, aside from Jose Abreu. An offensively challenged team cannot get rid of its best weapon.
Adding a left-handed bat to the lineup and the resurgence of Abreu would make this lineup dangerous again. If the White Sox can make some good moves this offseason and keep was little core they have in place, this team could make a turnaround next season.