The Milwaukee Brewers are in the market for free-agent relief pitchers and the team has reportedly shown an interest in right-hander Jason Frasor. Will the Brewers offer Frasor a contract in the ensuing days?
The 35-year-old Frasor has spent most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays but also spent a half of a season with the Chicago White Sox when he was traded in 2011. The White Sox traded him back to the Blue Jays on Jan. 1 of this year.
Frasor has pitched nine years in Major League Baseball solely as a relief pitcher. He has spent some time as a closer with Toronto but has mostly appeared as the setup man. He has not earned a save since 2010 but has recorded 41 holds in the past three seasons.
In 2012, the Illinois native posted a 1-1 record with a 4.12 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 53 strikeouts, 13 holds, three blown saves and a 0.3 wins above replacement in 50 appearances. Frasor has a career 3.77 ERA in which he has averaged 55.4 strikeouts, four saves, 9.8 holds and 58 appearances per season.
Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin stated on Jim Bowden’s MLB Network radio show that he is interested in Frasor among a couple of other relievers. Milwaukee will be looking to sign two free agents to fill bullpen needs while they plan on giving out the other vacancies to prospects. Of course, closer John Axford, right-hander Jim Henderson, right-hander Brandon Kintzler and newly signed right-hander Burke Badenhop will make up four of the bullpen positions.
Frasor would fit in well with the Brewers but could be an unusual signing considering the circumstances. Frasor made $3.75 million with Toronto last season and Milwaukee is looking to cut spending. It would be out of the ordinary for them to give a player $4 million who struggled at times last season.
Not to mention, the Brewers still need to sign a left-handed reliever, as they will need at least one in the bullpen. I believe this to be either Mike Gonzalez or J.P. Howell, who both would cost far less than Frasor while they would also be a far better pitcher statistically. Gonzalez would cost close to nothing while Howell would most likely be under $2 million per season.
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