Jason Frasor returns to Toronto in trade with White Sox

Ringing in New Year’s with a bang, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos bolstered the back end of his bullpen with a familiar face, re-acquiring Jason Frasor from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.

The move represents the extra right-handed reliever that Anthopoulos was looking to add before the start of the season, but it also likely signals the end of the Jays’ off-season bullpen overhaul.

“[Anthopoulos] basically said with Santos, Oliver, Casey and me, that he’s comfortable with the back end and so am I. I like that foursome,” Frasor said in a conference call to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and the rest of the media. “I think there are four guys right there you can rely on.”

Frasor, the Jays’ all-time leader in relief appearances, struggled as a member of the White Sox after being traded along with Zach Stewart prior to the deadline for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen, a move that eventually set up the trade that brought Colby Rasmus to Toronto. Prior to the 10 runs on 20 hits in 17.2 innings that he managed with Chicago, however, Frasor was quite a reliable option for the Jays and will add to the bullpen in 2012.

What’s impressive about this move, though, is that Anthopoulos was able to get a proven, Major League addition for two minor league pitchers that are far away from making any noise.

Jaye, a 17th-round pick by Toronto in 2010, just turned 20 years old and completed his first season of pro ball. The right-hander logged 54 innings in 13 games (nine starts) for Bluefield, compiling a 3.00 ERA (4.07 FIP) with 49 strikeouts and 18 walks. After initially being considered, Jaye was omitted from our top 50 prospects list this year but would have been mentioned when we profiled the list of players that just missed the cut.

Armed with a low 90s fastball coming out of high school, Jaye worked on his changeup this past season as well as throwing strikes more often. He is still young and has good stuff, but will need to work on attacking hitters, trusting his stuff, and getting stronger to increase his velocity. Jaye was the better prospect  of this deal, but likely won’t be missed by a lot of Jays fans.

Webb, a 22-year-old right-hander from Kentucky, spend the entire season with the Lansing Lugnuts after finishing the 2010 season there. In 18 games (12 starts) he managed a 5.59 ERA (4.40 FIP) in 66 innings after giving up 53 runs (41 earned) on 80 hits with 51 strikeouts.  We ranked him at No. 45 on our pre-2011 top 50 prospects list because of his aggressive and competitive nature, though he is still a work in progress and will require patience.

-JM

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Topics: Chicago White Sox, Daniel Webb, Jason Frasor, Myles Jaye, Toronto Blue Jays

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  • JaysJournal

    I absolutely love this move by AA. Not only is Santos now familiar with somebody in the pen, which helps the cohesiveness issues that can arise when a pitcher switches teams, but with the praise Frasor threw to around about Santos you know they really do get along and respect one another.

    Over the last 2 days, AA has added all of the veteran presence the pen needed without overspending. One, Oliver, also has playoff experience, something that was lacking a lot of in the pen. Add in the leadership and familiarity that returns to the pen in Frasor, and you’ve got one really capable pen. I’m working on a pen piece right now, but I’ll let a bit of the cat out of the bag by praising this year’s reshaped pen in comparison to last year’s pen. The experience and capabilities of each member this year seems to be much more in synch. Time will tell whether or not that results into more wins and fewer blown leads, but my hunch says that the Jays pen will be a very dangerous one to face indeed.

  • Jared_Macdonald

    @JaysJournal For sure. Though we’ve all had our ups and downs with Frasor in various games, he’s a definite upgrade and will be a dependable arm coming out of the pen. For Molina, Jaye, Webb, and a few bucks, AA has successfully overhauled the Jays’ bullpen, finally bringing in a closer as well as adding a lefty and a righty, both veterans. Impressive stuff.

  • JaysJournal

    I absolutely love this move by AA. Not only is Santos now familiar with somebody in the pen, which helps the cohesiveness issues that can arise when a pitcher switches teams, but with the praise Frasor threw to around about Santos you know they really do get along and respect one another.

    Over the last 2 days, AA has added all of the veteran presence the pen needed without overspending. One, Oliver, also has playoff experience, something that was lacking a lot of in the pen. Add in the leadership and familiarity that returns to the pen in Frasor, and you’ve got one really capable pen. I’m working on a pen piece right now, but I’ll let a bit of the cat out of the bag by praising this year’s reshaped pen in comparison to last year’s pen. The experience and capabilities of each member this year seems to be much more in synch. Time will tell whether or not that results into more wins and fewer blown leads, but my hunch says that the Jays pen will be a very dangerous one to face indeed.

  • Jared_Macdonald

    @JaysJournal For sure. Though we’ve all had our ups and downs with Frasor in various games, he’s a definite upgrade and will be a dependable arm coming out of the pen. For Molina, Jaye, Webb, and a few bucks, AA has successfully overhauled the Jays’ bullpen, finally bringing in a closer as well as adding a lefty and a righty, both veterans. Impressive stuff.

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    This was a great move for the Jays, they gave up two middling prospects for a solid relief pitcher. They are really building up this bullpen, and you can check out my take on the deal on Call to the Pen; it will be up soon.

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    This was a great move for the Jays, they gave up two middling prospects for a solid relief pitcher. They are really building up this bullpen, and you can check out my take on the deal on Call to the Pen; it will be up soon.

  • AliDrizzyTajadod

    @JaysJournal true and nice article….

    Out of curiosity did any of the two traded prospect make your top 50(top 46 left…)where they close?

  • AliDrizzyTajadod

    @JaysJournal true and nice article….

    Out of curiosity did any of the two traded prospect make your top 50(top 46 left…)where they close?