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Rangers sign Jason Frasor to one-year, $1.5 million deal

Jan 3, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s now official for $1.5 million, which is a nice bargain pickup for Texas.

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Jason Frasor is close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Frasor has spent his entire nine-year career with the Blue Jays except for a two-month stint in 2011 after they traded him to the White Sox, only to reacquire the 34-year-old right-hander last offseason.

He’s typically been a solid setup man, throwing 522 innings with a 3.77 ERA, including a 4.12 ERA and 53/33 K/BB ratio in 44 innings last season while being paid $3.75 million.

Frasor could replace some of the high-leverage work the Rangers lost when Mike Adams signed with the Phillies.

  1. jaysfan64 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Too bad there’s no room for him in the Jays pen this season…he’s a solid setup man and a good guy who was a part of some real crap teams here… he’s also the Jays all time leader in appearances…solid addition for the Rangers and we’ll miss him…when he’s done playing don’t be shocked if AA has a job for him here in some capacity…

  2. tc4306 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Frasor made his home in Toronto, married a Canadian girl and was quoted as saying, “Heck, even my dog is Canadian.” He was a loyal and solid citizen for the Blue Jays.
    As jaysfan says, when his playing days are over, if he wants it, Beeston and AA will find him a role in the Blue Jay family. Good luck, Jayson.

  3. lewp - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    About time te Rangers got a stroke of luck. How come he is leaving the jays?

  4. cur68 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    A good guy and a solid pitcher. He’ll do well for The Rangers.

    See ya Jason Frazor. Good luck.

  5. uyf1950 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    …and as a side note to this signing Eli Whiteside was DFA by the Rangers to make room for Frasor. Eli Whiteside is quickly becoming a very well traveled player this off season. He’s gone from the Giants to the Yankees to the Jays to the Rangers to the unemployed all within just a few months.

  6. paint771 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Still kind of unclear why the Jays didn’t find room for him. He is by no means a flashy pitcher or strikeout artist and was never confused with a “great” reliever, but he’s also not one of those relievers that puts up fantastic numbers one year and then sucks for the next three, or who will have a string of weeks where he can’t seem to find anything. Dude was just solid; a lunch pail kind of guy. He’d get hit, he’d never blow you away, but he’d show up and put in his inning and it was fine.

    That’s not at all damning with faint praise, as that is the exact opposite of the prototypical Jays reliever these last several seasons. They have had relievers that are better than Frasor, and a damn lot that were worse, but for nearly all of them, they’d go through stretches where you would moan when they came out to the mound in a tight spot. Frasor, you’d just think “oh, it’s still the seventh, and maybe they’ll get a run or two off him, but cool, I can handle that”. It’d never be a trainwreck, is what I’m saying.

    Course, maybe that says more about the mentality of Jays fans regarding our recent bullpens than it does about Frasor.

  7. jaysjunkie - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Very disappointing to see Frasor leave. Surprising, too, considering how much better the team has gotten.

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