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Blue Jays and Jason Frasor avoid arbitration with one-year contract

Jan 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays and Jason Frasor have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a team press release. The contract includes a $3.75 million team option for 2012.

The 33-year-old Frasor accepted arbitration from the Blue Jays at the end of November, a decision motivated by his Type A free agent status, which would have likely limited the number of interested teams.

Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg both left via free agency this winter, but the Blue Jays are still in good shape in their bullpen after the additions of Carlos Villaneuva, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, and most recently, Frank Francisco.

As a result of the Vernon Wells trade last Friday, Frasor is now the longest tenured player on the Blue Jays. The right-hander posted a 3.68 ERA and 65/27 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings last season. He has topped 60 appearances in each of the last two seasons.

  1. mpleafan - Jan 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    these jays have a deep pen now. watch out rays sox and yankees. or te red $ox and yankee$ and rays.

  2. andrewkw - Jan 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    I’m glad to see they didn’t play hardball with him over 500k.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 29, 2011 at 6:03 AM

    The Jays have a policy of not negotiating a 1 year contract once the player has formally filed for arbitration. By agreeing to a 1 year deal with a team option for a second year they barely avoided breaking their policy. I doubt that Frasor ever really wanted to leave. His wife is from Toronto and I think that they recently had a baby.

  4. andrewkw - Jan 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    That policy is just 1 year old, sticking to it over 500k would have been pretty bush league.

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