Tag:Jason Frasor
Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:23 pm

Jays, Frasor agree on 2-year deal

Jason Frasor
Reliever Jason Frasor and Blue Jays split the difference on the numbers for their arbitration case, and agreed on terms of a club-option deal for 2012 as well.

According to a team news release, Frasor will make $3.5 million next year, with the team holding an option at $3.75 million for the following year. Frasor had filed for $3.73 million in arbitration, with the team countering at $3.25 million.

Frasor, 33, made $2.65 million last season, when he appeared in 69 games and finished 18, posting a 3.68 ERA. The drop in his results after his marvelous 2009 is like a case study in the effect of BABIP (batting average on balls in play). He gave up a few more hits and saw his walk rate rise, but the percentage of batted balls that fell for hits rose from .262 to .318. In other words, he had some bad luck.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:07 pm

Jays decline option on Gregg

The Blue Jays had some of the most desirable bullpen arms on the trade market, instead, they held on to them. Now they have none.

Toronto declined its option on closer Kevin Gregg. Its setup men, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor, are eligible for free agency. The team is expected to offer both the lefty Downs and righty Frasor arbitration, as both are Type A free agents. As a Type A, the Blue Jays would receive two compensatory draft picks each if the players turn down arbitration and sign elsewhere.

Gregg is a Type B free agent (one compensatory pick). The Blue Jays had a one-year option worth $5.25 million and a two-year option worth $9.5 million for the next two seasons. His buyout was worth $750,000.

Gregg had a 3.51 ERA and 37 saves last season, his first in Toronto.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 9:12 am

Jays acquire Olivo, decline option

Miguel Olivo The Rockies have traded catcher Miguel Olivo to the Blue Jays for a player to be named, the Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports (via Twitter ).

The Rockies had a $2.5 million option and expexted to decline it if they didn't work out a trade. Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

The move saves Colorado the $500,000 buyout of his option.

UPDATE: As MLB.com's Jordan Bastain points out (via Twitter ), the Jays have until midnight to pick up Olivo's option, and that's not a given.

UPDATE: Bastain was all over it. As he reports (on Twitter ), the Jays declined the option on Olivo. Olivo is a Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays may have picked up seven picks for the 2011 draft with two Type A (Jason Frasor, Scott Downs) and three Type B (Kevin Gregg, John Buck, Olivo) free agents.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:17 pm

Jays relievers claimed

In an unsurprising move, the Blue Jays put nearly their entire bullpen through waivers -- and none made it out unclaimed.

The Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott reports (on Twitter ) Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Shawn Camp were all claimed.

Who claimed them? Oh, probably just about every team in contention -- and maybe a few that aren't. Bullpen help this time of year is always needed, so it would have been more surprising had any of the relievers cleared waivers.

Now, will the Jays trade any of them? That seems like a more interesting question. Don't expect more than one of those to switch uniforms anytime soon.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:56 pm

Jays asking high price on relievers

Scott Downs The relief market may have just heated up in Boston.

Hideki Okajima continued his worst major-league season to date and was directly responsible for giving up three runs in a Mariners rally on Sunday.

That might be good news for the Blue Jays, who have Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg on the market. Downs would give the Red Sox a second lefty in the bullpen -- and their only reliable one. The Jays, however, are asking a ton for Downs.

As FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says , the price is so high that the Dodgers went scurrying away.

Other teams named in the hunt for one or more of the Jays relievers include the Yankees, Mets, Reds and Twins, says Rosenthal's co-writer, Jon Paul Morosi. None of these names comes as a surprise -- virtually every team in contention every year is always in the market to add more relief pitching.

Toronto won't give away any for pennies on the dollar, though. Frasor is a free agent after the year and should theoretically be the easiest to get. By the same token, however, he's not as sought after as Gregg or Downs. Gregg has an affordable club option for 2011 -- and potentially one for 2012 as well. He's had a successful year closing for the Jays.

Downs, a lefty, has been one of the best setup men in the game for a while and will likely qualify as a Type A free agent. This means that if he signs with another team, the Jays could potentially get a first-round and complementary pick after the first round. That's keeping Downs' price up as even accepting arbitration wouldn't make Downs' 2011 salary prohibitive for Toronto. Understandably, then, they are asking a significant amount.

A deal can't get done, though, if Toronto doesn't realize that for all of Downs' talents, he's a reliever. You don't trade top prospects for a reliever unless young and extremely good -- like Joakim Soria. Downs' value is suppressed somewhat by saves, but he's still better than some of the closers in the game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:39 am

Dodgers may be able to add payroll

Despite the nasty divorce of owner Frank McCourt that has been rumored to handcuff the Dodgers, the team may add to its payroll at the trade deadline, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports .

The Dodgers are looking for pitching help and Jackson writes the team is "zeroing in" on Houston ace Roy Oswalt.

Jackson is one of several starters the team is interested in and made some initial contact about. The others are Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Ted Lilly and Paul Maholm.

Jackson notes the team's more urgent need may be bullpen help. Toronto's Scott Downs and Jason Frasor have been "scouted heavily" by the Dodgers.

"Pitching continues to be our priority," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "With Manny [Ramirez] going down and Reed Johnson still out, we might look at trying to shore up our outfield as well."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 2:46 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Alex Anthopoulos The Blue Jays have a winning record, and for a while it sounded as if they were going to load up and make a serious run at the playoffs.  But after taking a realistic look at the landscape in front of them – they are fourth in their own division – it looks like the boys up north have decided to punt. They already pulled off one trade, swapping shortstop Alex Gonzalez for younger model Yunel Escobar on July 14.

Record: 48-47, 12 games behind and in fourth place in the American League East. Seventh in the AL wild-card race, 9 ½ games back.
General manager: Alex Anthopoulos, first year
Expectations: Building. The Jays are in the frustrating position of being a decent, but not great, team in a division that includes a couple of payroll bullies. But as the Rays have shown, you can overcome that by building smart.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $62.7 million, 22nd in baseball. The Jays have about $44 million committed to contracts and pro-rated portions of signing bonuses for 2011.

What they have to offer

Scott Downs might be the best reliever on the market. The left-handed middleman has a 2.52 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, and hasn’t given up an earned run since June 6. He had some neck and arm soreness just before the break but has been unrestricted since.

The Jays are apparently asking a lot for Downs, scaring away some suitors. But he’s likely to be a Type A free agent after the season, which means Toronto could get two first-round picks if he leaves as a free agent. Even saving the rest of his salary (about $2 million left for the year) doesn’t make it worth trading him if they can’t get at least that level of talent back.

Major-league home run leader Jose Bautista (.238/.354/.542) is looking like a very attractive quick fix for teams in need of power. He can play any outfield position as well as third base. But he doesn’t hit for average, he will get a big salary bump in arbitration next year, and the Jays are reportedly asking a lot for him. Still, the Giants, Braves, Tigers and White Sox appear to be in play.

Scott Downs Reliever Jason Frasor has been erratic this season (check out his ERA by month: April 8.38, May 0.82, June 6.75, July 1.35) but when he’s on he has shown the ability to be effective against righties and lefties.

First baseman Lyle Overbay (.251/.330/.412) is an impending free agent the Jays would like to deal, though there are better first basemen on the market and Overbay is making $7 million this year.

Catcher John Buck (.285/.315/.518) was an All-Star and is an attractive and cheap ($1 million left for this year) power option, and the Jays have prospect J.P. Arencibia waiting in the wings.

There are conflicting reports on whether Toronto is shopping closer Kevin Gregg, who has been reliable and has a manageable $4.5 million club option for next season.

What they want in return?

The Jays are reportedly asking for middle infielders, which is odd because they control both of their starters through at least 2013. Maybe they’re looking for someone they can convert to third base.

They could use some starting pitching prospects to throw into their mix, and if they trade more than one of their relievers they’ll need reinforcements there.

Predictions: Bautista goes to the Giants, who finally give in to Toronto’s demands. The Mets get either Downs or Gregg. Overbay goes and Buck stays.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels; Sellers: Florida Marlins

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