10:15 PM Eastern
Just found out that reliever Jason Frasor will accept the Jays’ offer of arbitration, which means he’ll be back with the Bluebirds on a one-year contract for next season.
Frasor was a Type A free agent, so the Jays stood to gain a first-round draft pick plus a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds had he left, but that’s all moot now – they’ll try to hammer out a one-year deal prior to the February arbitration dates, or the Jays could still trade him, but they could do a lot worse at the back of the bullpen.
I’ve said many times that a lot of people aren’t comfortable with Frasor because he doesn’t “look like” a closer, that is, he doesn’t project the confidence and strength one is used to seeing from a big-time reliever. He also takes a REALLY long time to deliver his pitches. But he’s a capable late inning reliever who gets the job done far more often than not, no matter what J.P. Ricciardi says.
The Jays are still waiting to hear about the decisions of Scott Downs and Miguel Olivo, both of whom are expected to decline arbitration. Kevin Gregg has already reportedly declined.