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Twins join Cubs in hunt for reliever Jason Frasor

Mar 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

Earlier this week the Cubs were said to be interested in Jason Frasor, and now the Twins have reportedly joined the mix for the Blue Jays’ reliever following news that Joe Nathan likely needs season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Frasor is a solid reliever coming off a career-year, but prior to posting a 2.50 ERA in 2009 he had ERAs of 4.32, 4.58, and 4.18 in the previous three seasons and his career xFIP is 4.05. He’s been talked about as a potential replacement for Nathan because he spent part of last season closing for Toronto, but based on ability rather than save totals he’s really more a setup man and the Twins have plenty of similar in-house options already.
Frasor is an impending free agent and affordable at just $2.65 million, so if the Blue Jays aren’t looking for much in return he’d be a solid addition for the Cubs or Twins. However, because he’s likely to qualify as a Type B free agent and could even jump into Type A status with a good 2010 the Blue Jays may be inclined to ask for at least as much value as a supplemental draft pick.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 10, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Well, the Feather Lice are sitting a lot prettier than they would have been if Joe Nathan had been the latterday incarnation of Iron Man McGinnity. At first the Cubs, forgetting about their rotten karma and incurable prion-vectored neurological disease Die Vloek van der Geitbok really thought that in the finest Toronto tradition, hollow boned and feathered, Frasor would fall to them. Now the Tweens and Cubs can claw each other’s eyes out for the short term services of Frasor. Personally, I think the Feather Lice ought to offer the Cubs a choice of Frasor or Kevin Gregg. Then you’d see the bidding get hot and heavy.

  2. kaley - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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  3. TimberLee - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Frasor developed a new pitch before last season and his 2009 went just about how he (and several commentators) expected; i.e., he was terrific in either the 8th or 9th innings. I don’t think we can put much weight on Frasor’s earlier stats. He looks to me like a real closer now.

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