Cubs Inquire On Jason Frasor

The Cubs inquired on Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor again, writes ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  The latest call from the Cubs comes on the heels of Angel Guzman's season-ending shoulder injury.  Crasnick says the Cubs are "urgently seeking relief help."

Frasor, 32, posted a 2.50 ERA, 8.7 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9 in 57.6 innings for the Blue Jays last year.  He's earning $2.65MM in his last season before free agency.  Frasor profiled as a Type B in the 2008-09 Elias rankings, with 66.322 points (Octavio Dotel was the lowest Type A at 68.007).  But keep in mind the Cubs have not shown an inclination to offer arbitration to departing free agents in recent years.

SI's Jon Heyman addressed the Cubs' bullpen situation in today's article, noting that GM Jim Hendry made a play for Chan Ho Park before he signed with the Yankees.  Heyman writes that "few teams are foolish enough to trade away proven set-up men at this point," but the Jays cashing in on Frasor now would make sense.  The price for Padres closer Heath Bell would be higher, since Bell is under team control for two seasons. 

The Cubs are not known to have interest in any free agent relievers, though veterans like Russ Springer, David Weathers, and John Smoltz remain unemployed.