Frazier is one player the White Sox should move if the opportunity is there. At this stage of his career, there’s no surprise as to what he brings to a team.
Frazier presents more value to a contender, rather than a team beginning a rebuild. He’s a career .250 hitter who plays solid defense. He’s had at least 29 home runs and 80 RBI while maintaining a slugging percentage higher than .450 since 2014.
Power hitters like Frazier have a high risk-high reward dynamic they bring to their teams. Power hitters are valuable in the sense they will score runs, but power hitters nowadays usually have limited success if there are not any runs scored. Especially the White Sox, who have recently seen Adam Dunn and Adam LaRoche come and go with extremely little success, if any.
In the past four seasons, Frazier’s had at least 125 strikeouts and his highest batting average for any season was .273 in 2012 and 2014.
Frazier had an up-and-down year in 2016 where he had 40 HR, 98 RBIs and a .464 slugging percentage. While those power numbers are very impressive, he had 163 strikeouts and career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, doubles and triples.
Frazier would better serve another team in the premier power hitter role that he flourishes in. The White Sox simply have no need for him at this present time.
Frazier is going to be 31-years-old in February and the risk-reward aspect he brings to the White Sox is not a great option going forward.