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Jason Frasor traded back to Blue Jays

Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:12 pm
By Matt Snyder

For the second time this winter, the White Sox have shipped a relief pitcher to the Blue Jays. This time around, it's Jason Frasor headed back to Toronto in exchange for minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb, the White Sox have announced.

The two clubs also made a trade during the Winter Meetings, sending closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays. Also interesting here is that Frasor was traded to the White Sox by the Blue Jays in July. He's made 475 career appearances, 455 of which came with the Blue Jays, so Frasor is definitely back where he's familiar.

Frasor, 34, had a 3.60 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 60 innings last season, but he was much better (2.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) with the Blue Jays. He was really bad for the White Sox after the deal. So maybe the change of scenery was bad and he'll recover now that he's back with the Jays.

Jaye is a 20-year-old right-hander. He went 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 54 innings in Rookie Ball last season.

Webb is a 22-year-old right-hander. He was 4-5 with a 5.48 ERA in 67 1/3 innings last season, all but 1 1/3 of which were in Class A. He also threw 1 1/3 innings in Rookie Ball.

Frasor will be part of the bridge to Santos, along with also-newly acquired Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen.

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Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:19 pm

Jason Frasor traded back to Blue Jays

Agree, xris... I think this is a good move for the Jays as Frasor is dependable and won't blow up the bullpen like certain guys were capable of doing last season.  He's not exactly Cy Young, but we don't need him to be lights out every game - he's an useful bridge from the starters to the closer, Santos.  And he's comfortable in Toronto so he'll enjoy pitching here again.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:40 pm

Jason Frasor traded back to Blue Jays

Welcome back, Jason!  He was always a reliable option out of the pen for the Jays.  And the pen looks thin on depth right now.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:21 pm

Jason Frasor traded back to Blue Jays

No doubt there are Blue Jays' fans that will complain about this deal, but there is absolutely no reason to. Another solid bullpen arm only adds to the depth, and anyone who has watched Jason Frasor pitch over the last several years knows he is a quality reliever. During the press conference for his trade to Chicago last year, Frasor talked of how he and his family were torn about moving away from Toronto, so hopefully they're happy about the news. 

With Santos, Janssen, Frasor, Litsch, Oliver, and a few other arms, the Jays bullpen should be pretty solid, especially if they can get some contributions from the plethora of exciting young arms in their system. 


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