The Texas Rangers certainly made the right decision to re-sign relief pitcher Jason Frasor. The right-hander brings a veteran presence to the bullpen that is invaluable. Not to mention, he was terrific on the mound in 2013.
The biggest concern was not if the Rangers wanted to bring back the right-hander but if Frasor wanted to return. In his mind, playing for a contending team for the first time in his nine-year career was exhilarating. Even if another organization was willing to pay him more money, it did not matter because he wants to win more than anything else.
“It made me want to come back a lot,” Frasor said, according to ESPN.com. “You wait too long and there are 50 guys out there. Then it’s Christmas and New Year’s. You never know where you might end up. It’s nice to know the World Series isn’t over and one of the best teams in baseball wants you back. I’m thrilled.”
It is no wonder why the Rangers wanted to re-sign Frasor after he posted one of the best seasons of his career. The 36-year-old went 4-3 with a 2.57 earned run average, 48 strikeouts, 10 holds and 1.2 wins above replacement in 61 appearances.
There is no question there might be some concern regarding his ability to repeat his stellar performance next year. With that being said, Texas is confident that it should not be an issue considering what he brings to the table outside of just pitching in ball games.