Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration With Jason Frasor

The Blue Jays and Jason Frasor have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.5MM according to a press release. The deal also includes a club option for 2012 worth $3.75MM. Frasor accepted arbitration back in November rather than hit the open market as a Type-A free agent reliever. 

The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 3.68 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 63 2/3 innings last season, and over the last two years he owns a 3.12 ERA, 9.0 K/9, and 3.2 BB/9. Frasor is the incumbent in a rebuilt Toronto bullpen that lost Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg but added Carlos Villanueva, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, and Frank Francisco.

Our Arbitration Tracker shows that Frasor filed for $3.73MM while the team countered with $3.25MM. The new deal essentially splits the two figures.


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39 Comments on "Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration With Jason Frasor"


4 years 7 months ago

Seems like a fair deal, right in the middle of their arbitration numbers.

gorlak357
4 years 7 months ago

Good to see, AA getting those club options.

4 years 7 months ago

Loving the club options, adds a lot of flexibility at the trade dead line.

DrRickRollins
4 years 7 months ago

deadline bait or declined for Type A/B draft compensation :)

jayfantilldeath
4 years 7 months ago

So the option year makes this a multi-year deal so AA can’t be accused of breaking his no-negotiating 1 year deals after numbers are exchanged

4 years 7 months ago

Frasor is gone veryyy soon I would think

Rashomon
4 years 7 months ago

What are his chances of closing this year?

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 7 months ago

Slim to none. He melts down in pressure situations.

blizzah
4 years 7 months ago

Who are you? JP Richardi?

He had a bad April, he was solid in the chances he was given to close in the past

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 7 months ago

No, he wasn’t. At all. You also might want to learn how to spell names if you’re going to reference them. Solid doesn’t really cut it as a closer, at that rate, I guess Gregg was also solid.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

how was he not solid in 2009? He was borderline elite.

blizzah
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, Gregg was solid. Closers are vastly overrated

In 1950, when they didn’t have closer roles for pitchers, the winning percentage for a team leading after 8 innings is the exact same as today. What’s that tell you again how useful they are?

Closers pitch 60 innings a season, their performances are too volatile year to year to really matter, especially if you aren’t going to the playoffs anyways, like the Jays.

Unless you are Mariano Rivera, even the best closers from 2-3 seasons ago (Papelbon, Jenks, Rodriguez, Gagne, Cordero, even Broxton) all lost it in a few years, and not due to age either.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i see you’ve read the posnanski article. it was damn good

4 years 7 months ago

Absolutely. Closers are for silly people. I hate the whole notion of holding your best guy in the pen for the last inning. You should be using your most dominant pitcher in the highest leverage situation, be it the 7th, 8th or 9th.

4 years 7 months ago

Gregg did a solid job last year (not exceptional but solid). You should stick to chartered accountancy because baseball analysis is clearly not your thing.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 6 months ago

Clearly insults aren’t your thing.

4 years 7 months ago

More like: Slim to none. Frank Francisco is around.
Frasor isn’t an awful closing option, he is just awful to watch. Makes me sweat.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

if you can handle a full year of gregg closing, you can handle frasor

4 years 7 months ago

results may be similar but at least gregg doesn’t make you wait for ten minutes between pitches while he circles the mound and adjusts his hat… i guess i just prefer to have my bandaids torn off quickly

baseballz
4 years 7 months ago

I think if Frasor come out next year like he did last year with a fastball around 88mph and a sliderwhich just hangs there like he did last year then there’s no chance he closes. I don’t understand why he scraped his hugely effective changeup which he had developed the previous year that just made him filthy.

I hope Frasor can close, but he has to really turn around his performance from last year.

gorlak357
4 years 7 months ago

Its slim to none because of Fransisco. He would have had a shot against Rauch and Dotel, albeit not a very high chance of winning the job.

Steelslayer
4 years 7 months ago

Frasor gone…i agree

NicholasDerosa
4 years 7 months ago

Glad to have you back Jason!

gorlak357
4 years 7 months ago

Why do people believe frasor is going to be dealt soon?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

why do people want frasor gone that badly? He’s probably the 2nd/3rd best reliever the Jays have right now

grownice
4 years 7 months ago

4th.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

please name the top three

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

Rauch, Francisco, Camp.

gorlak357
4 years 7 months ago

Hes has been consistant and good in the al east, something the rest of the jays relievers haven’t done. Also I would say hes tied for second with Rauch, Dotel isn’t close.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

yup. I’d say Francisco is probably #1 with frasor/rauch/ and maybe camp tied for 2nd.

gorlak357
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah. Frasor is good reliever and im wondering why so many seem eager to get rid of him. Forgot about camp, if he keeps it up he is definitely up there and he could still improve if he gets his K’s up.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

Camp used to be so crap when he was with the Rays… what a turnaround for the guy

iains
4 years 7 months ago

Here’s what I believe is the thinking behind this contract. If Frasor comes out of the gates at a high level, he’s likely to be dealt before the deadline… in this case a club option would be of benefit and a selling point to a new club. If Frasor doesn’t perform as well and declines to a type B, I would expect him to last the entire season with the team, the option not picked up and offered arbitration. As a B he no longer has signing problems and will likely decline giving the Jays their compensation pick.

Furge
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe, maybe not. AA has stated he is focusing on the bullpen, and Frasor’s numbers are solid. I don’t see him as a closer though. I agree with what others have said; he doesn’t have the confidence in himself. He fits the setup role perfectly.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe, maybe not. AA has stated he is focusing on the bullpen, and Frasor’s numbers are solid. I don’t see him as a closer though. I agree with what others have said; he doesn’t have the confidence in himself. He fits the setup role perfectly.

Furge
4 years 6 months ago

Sorry for the double post.

mozelpuffski
4 years 6 months ago

frasors splits home away are night and day – the dude is a beast pitching in rogers dome

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

He definitly kills it a RC!

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Good move for both sides. Frasor is likely going trying to retire as a Blue Jay keep his wifey happy and all that 😉