The Texas Rangers are well out of the race and have begun the process of dumping veterans. Wednesday the Rangers dealt 36-year-old reliever Jason Frasor to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitcher Spencer Patton.
Frasor gives the Royals a solid, dependable veteran arm out of the pen as they scrap away in the competitive AL Central. With Texas this year, Frasor posted a 3.34 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. And best of all from Kansas City’s point of view, he will only cost them just $1.75 million for the remainder of 2014.
The man going back to the Rangers, Spencer Patton, is 4-3 this year at triple-A Omaha with a 4.08 ERA in 34 relief appearances. The 26-year-old right hander is far from a major prospect, but he’s younger and cheaper than Frasor and could immediately move into the Texas bullpen.
The Frasor move is not a big one for Kansas City but it’s a nice pick-up for a team looking to strengthen a mediocre bullpen. KC may now try to beef up their lineup as well by picking up an outfielder with a nice bat. Because I don’t think Raul Ibanez is really the answer there.
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