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Royals acquire Jason Frasor from Rangers

Jul 16, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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The last-place Rangers have started to sell off veterans, trading reliever Jason Frasor to the Royals for minor leaguer Spencer Patton.

Frasor has a lengthy track record as a solid setup man with a sub-3.70 ERA in five of the past six years, including a 3.34 ERA and 30/14 K/BB ratio in 30 innings this season at age 36. He’s owed around $750,000 for the remainder of this season as part of a cheap one-year deal.

Patton is a 26-year-old Triple-A reliever, so there isn’t a whole lot of upside to be had, but he does have 60 strikeouts in 47 innings this season and 303 strikeouts in 225 innings as a pro. He could potentially step into Frasor’s old role in the Rangers’ bullpen and give Texas some value in 2015 and beyond.

Expect the Rangers to shop left-hander Neal Cotts next, as he’s another impending free agent reliever who could help contenders down the stretch.

  1. philliesblow - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Get to work, Dombrowski.

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    How’s the state of the Rangers’ farm system after the Dempster/Garza trades of the last couple years?

    • jwbiii - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Pretty good. Baseball Prospectus has them at #9, Fan Graphs at #12.

  3. rawdog2013 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    You can do better than this, Royals. We need the Tigers beat-up by the time they face us in the playoffs (A’s). Better yet, can you freaking win your division??

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Someone’s in a hurry to be swept out of the first round.

      again.

  4. rawdog2013 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Really!! A masters in the easiest subject in school allows you to call yourself a Dr? Standards have really dropped.

    Is Dr smuggy still hurting after being swept in the World Series by the Giants?

    Get your facts right: 2012 & 2013 went to game 5

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