Frazier relishing new situation on South Side

Free agent-to-be looking forward to building off club's energy

Frazier relishing new situation on South Side

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier will be playing the 2017 season in his walk year before potentially entering free agency, if he isn't traded, and he will be doing so for a White Sox team that won't be a playoff contender, in all likelihood.

But the veteran third baseman doesn't seem bothered by that proposition.

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"No, no, my mindset is the same," said Frazier, who produced a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs during his 2016 White Sox debut. "I'm telling you what, I'm going to build off of these guys.

"We are coming in ready to battle. That old saying hitting is contagious ... and energy is contagious. I'm ready to not only be a leader, but follow some guys as well. That will help me out during the year."

Frazier was slowed at the start of camp by a left oblique strain but feels ready to go both offensively and defensively. He expressed a desire to MLB.com at SoxFest about staying longer term with the White Sox and that desire hasn't changed, although he has had no extension talks with the team.

"Maybe during the season, see how the season goes. But you don't know what their mindset is," said Frazier, who turned 31 on Feb. 12. "Like I said, it's a big year for me, but a big year for the White Sox as well.

"Let's put that team first. My dad always says you play the team game and the little stuff, your individual stuff, will take care of itself. I like it here. I'm really excited to see what we have in store."

Ynoa wants more

After Michael Ynoa allowed three runs over 1 1/3 innings in Saturday's victory over the Indians, the right-hander took to Twitter to apologize for his performance.

"I was a little bit frustrated," said a smiling Ynoa Sunday of his Twitter message. "I was trying to do a really good job, but it didn't work out. You know, just keep working and keep advancing to the next."

Ynoa still has a solid chance to break camp with the team despite a 6.08 ERA this spring. The right-hander is out of options and finished up strong last year, with one run allowed and 12 strikeouts over 11 1/3 innings.

"I was trying to always get ahead in the count," said Ynoa of his late-season success. "Just throwing strikes, and if you are going to hit me, hit me. This year, I've been a little different with mechanics but I'm going to keep working on that. Just get ahead in the count."

Third to first

Shields picks off Marrero

James Shields picked off Chris Marrero from third base in the second inning of the White Sox 4-3 win Sunday over the Giants, on a play that he set up with Frazier.

"I've had a few in my career," Shields said. "I've been doing that since 2008, something like that. Nothing new. Just wanted to mix it in there."

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.