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Cubs looking for relief help, interested in Frasor

Mar 8, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs are “urgently seeking relief help” following Angel Guzman’s latest injury setback and have shown interest in Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays.
Frasor is technically in a three-way battle for closing duties with Kevin Gregg and Scott Downs, but will almost surely begin the season in his usual setup role. He’s affordable at just $2.65 million and went 7-3 with a 2.50 ERA and 56/16 K/BB ratio in 57.2 innings last season, but prior to that Frasor had three straight years with an ERA in the 4.00s.
While not a dominant late-inning option he’d certainly be a solid pickup for the Cubs in a seventh- or perhaps even eighth-inning role. For the rebuilding Blue Jays it would make sense to deal Frasor if they can get at least one solid prospect in return, because he’s 32 years old and in his final season before free agency.

  1. Andrew - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Why do you think he’s not considered the favorite to start the season as closer?
    Obviously if the jays can get a prospect for him it’s the right move but I’ll miss Frasor he’s constantly been underrated.

  2. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Mar 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    If I was a pitcher, I’d love the jump from the AL east to the NL central!!

  3. Old Gator - Mar 8, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    If Gopher Gregg were one of the two options I had left after trading a solid pitcher like Frasor, if I’m making decisions for the Feather Lice I’d be really circumspect about trading Frasor away until I see how solid Downs looks.

  4. Nasty Boy - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Your on again Gator. This guy is a good reliever. I’ve seen him too many times stopping the Yankees. I wish there was some way the Yanks could get him, but that won’t happen in the same division. I sure won’t mind seeing him go to the national league though. Good luck Cubbies.

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