May 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jason Frasor (44) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Rangers won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers trade pitcher Jason Frasor to Kansas City Royals

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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