Former Jays Pitcher Frasor Signs With Rangers
April 13, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jason Frasor (54) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre. Baltimore defeated Toronto 7-5. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY SportsJason Frasor has been a fixture in the Blue Jays bullpen for the past decade, and when the season ended, the right-hander was open about his desire to return to Toronto. Unfortunately, with the return of Sergio Santos and the acquisition of Esmil Rogers, not to mention the presence of Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar, there was just no room for Frasor.
For the first time in his career, Frasor will be beginning his season with another team. The former Blue Jays right-hander was signed on Thursday to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Previously, his only other experience outside of Toronto was with the Chicago White Sox, who he was traded to at the deadline in 2011. The Blue Jays brought him back following the 2011 season.
The deal, as reported by Jon Heyman, is worth $1.5 million.
Frasor will be slotted into an important set-up role for the Rangers, bridging the game to closer Joe Nathan. Joakim Soria will join that mix once the former Royals closer returns from Tommy John surgery. Frasor is coming off of a 2012 campaign that saw him post a 4.12 ERA and a 10.9 K/9 ratio in 43.2 innings pitched for the Blue Jays.
During his nine-year tenure with the Blue Jays, Frasor accumulated a 25-29 record, a 3.73 ERA, 36 saves, and 479 strike-outs. He has been worth 6.1 bWAR over the course of that time.