Fra­zier: Good field, good hit, good fit

3B says he’d like to stay with Sox be­yond con­tract

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOX BEAT - BYDARYLVANSCHOUWEN Staff Reporter

GLEN­DALE, Ariz. — Todd Fra­zier has been with the White Sox for a lit­tle more than two weeks, and it al­ready feels like home. So much so that Fra­zier is talk­ing like he wants to be with the Sox be­yond the two years he’s un­der team con­trol.

“If the at­mos­phere is like this, this is where I want to play for the rest of my life,’’ Fra­zier told the Sun-Times on Satur­day morn­ing. “It’s awe­some; it’s a great time. The guys have been noth­ing but great to me, and I’m here to help as much as I can. When they wel­come you as they’ve wel­comed me, I want to re­turn the fa­vor.’’

“That’s great to hear,’’ said gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn, who traded a pack­age of top prospects — Trayce Thomp­son, Frankie Mon­tas and Micah John­son — to get Fra­zier, an All-Star at third base in his last two sea­sons with the Cincin­nati Reds. “He’s still get­ting to know us, we’re still get­ting to know him, and it’s a mat­ter of mak­ing sure there’s com­fort on both sides for a long-term re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘When we ac­quired him, [I thought] this could de­velop into some­thing more than the two years he’s un­der con­trol.’’

Fra­zier is think­ing the same thing.

“Most def­i­nitely,’’ Fra­zier said. “When­ever he wants to [dis­cuss an ex­ten­sion], that would be great. I haven’t even been to the city yet, and I feel like this is true to where I need to be right now. It’s a fun place. You can be here in Ari­zona [dur­ing spring train­ing]. It’s a fun team.’’

It’s early, but Fra­zier knows a good vibe, and he’s en­joy­ing it with the Sox.

“Very much so,’’ said Fra­zier, 30, who had spent his en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer with the Reds. “I feel com­fort­able; I feel like I be­long. It’s weird. You don’t know what to ex­pect, to be hon­est, and it’s re­ally been a fun time so far.’’

Fra­zier will make $8.25 mil­lion in 2016 and will be ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble for the last time in 2017 be­fore he be­comes el­i­gi­ble for free agency.

He adds a power bat to the middle of the lineup, a good glove to the in­field and an up­beat pres­ence to the club­house. That he al­ready is at a mid­sea­son com­fort level is “crazy,” Fra­zier said.

“It is,’’ he said. “It’s some­thing you don’t take for granted. It’s some­thing you don’t joke about. I feel like I’m just start­ing out again. It’s a new chap­ter. It’s [only] base­ball, but you still have to fig­ure out a whole new team, whole new friend­ships, and it’s been a re­ally easy process for me.’’

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