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Toronto Re-Acquires Jason Frasor from Chicago

January 2, 2012

Word was first leaked late Sunday morning – and confirmed mid afternoon through a team press release – that the first trade of 2012 had been agreed upon. Considering how active the trade market has been this offseason it truly is no surprise to see another deal completed so soon, but I doubt many predicted a move to be made on the very first day of the new year.

The Toronto Blue Jays continued to remake their bullpen, re-acquiring right-handed relief pitcher Jason Frasor from the Chicago White Sox after dealing the veteran there this past July. Frasor is scheduled to make $3.75 Million in 2012 and will be a free agent at season’s end.

Frasor made his MLB Debut for the Blue Jays back in 2004 and since has appeared in a team record 455 games. He holds a 25-30 record, 3.74 ERA, 8.3 K.9, and 3.8 BB/9 in 461.0 career innings. He has also saved 36 games over that span, doing the better part of his work during the game’s 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. He struggled a bit in Chicago – going 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA, 10.8 K/9, and 5.6 BB/9 in 17.2 innings – so a return to Toronto may suit him well.

Frasor will likely step into his old role in the new Blue Jay bullpen. GM Alex Anthopoulos has been busy in recent weeks addressing the bullpen, completing a separate trade with the White Sox for closer Sergio Santos and signing free agent left-hander Darren Oliver. Right-hander Casey Janssen is expected to join Frasor and Oliver in a three-headed setup role.

Chicago will receive a pair of prospects from the Blue Jays in return for Frasor, though it is obvious that the organization made the move in an attempt to free up some space on the team’s payroll. The organization is in what can only be described as limbo. On one hand the team is signing John Danks to a five-year, $65 Million contract extension. On the other, they’re trading away guys like Santos and Carlos Quentin in exchange for prospects and roughly $11.25 Million in saved payroll. It’s tough to read exactly what the intentions are of GM Kenny Williams moving forward.

Both prospects heading to Chicago are right-handed pitchers. Myles Jaye was a 2010 Draft pick (17th Round) and spent 2011 in the Appalachian League (Rookie level). He went 3-3 in 13 appearances (9 starts) with a 3.00 ERA, 8.2 K/9, and 3.0 BB/9 in 54.0 innings. Daniel Webb was drafted in 2009 (18th Round) and spent 2011 primarily with Lansing in the Midwest League (A ball). He went 4-5 in 18 appearances (12 starts) with a 5.48 ERA, 6.8 K/9, and 3.2 BB/9 in 66.0 innings. Neither player ranks highly on any of the recent Blue Jays top prospect lists.

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