The Texas Rangers have added right-handed reliever Jason Frasor to a one-year deal.
Frasor, 35, and has spent his entire career with Toronto was 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 43 2/3 innings last season. He has been a set-up man throughout his career but has some experience as a closer.
Frasor is a strikeout pitcher. Frasor had 53 strikeouts for a career-high rate of 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
Frasor missed nearly two months in the second half because of forearm tightness. It marked the first time Frasor had been on the disabled list in a nine-year major-league career.
Frasor can overwhelm right-handed hitters with a fastball-slider combination. Right-handed hitters had 35 strikeouts in 98 at-bats against him last season.
Frasor earned $3.75 million last season. He will make $1.5 million in 2013. That’s more than what Mark Lowe, who is a free agent made in 2012.
Bottom line Frasor strikes out a lot of guys, walks a lot of guys, and gives up a fair number of home runs while throwing hard. Think of him as the new Mark Lowe.
To make room for Frasor on the 40-man major-league roster, the club designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment. It is the fourth time since Nov. 1 that Whiteside has been designated for assignment by a club.
In the revamped Rangers bullpen, the new guys, Soria, Frasor, & Lindblom will cost a combined $6 million in 2013.