The Kansas City Royals have re-signed right-handed reliever Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced earlier today. His deal also includes a $2 million mutual option for the 2016 season, as well as $500,000 in incentive bonuses for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. If his option isn’t mutually exercised, he will be paid a $550,000 buyout.
This signing by the Royals can prove to be a bargain, as they acquired him from the Texas Rangers earlier in the season.
In a bullpen dominated by Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, Frasor proved to be a highly underrated weapon for Kansas City late in the season. In seven games pitched this past postseason, the 37-year-old right-hander only allowed one run in 5.1 innings of work over 7 games.
After being traded from the Rangers following pitching in 38 games for the team, he posted a 3-0 record, along with a 1.53 ERA in 23 games out of the bullpen for the Royals. In total, Frasor recorded a 4-1 record, along with a 2.66 ERA in 61 games pitched between the Rangers and Royals.
In his eleven season in the majors, Frasor holds a career 34-35 record, along with a 3.59 ERA over 647 appearances. Also, he has put together a 8.6 K/9 compared to a 3.9 BB/9 over his career as a reliever. He has ranged from a middle reliever to a late-inning guy over his career.