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