Jul 12, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jason Frasor (44) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking News: Royals acquire reliever Jason Frasor from Texas

The Kansas City Royals acquired right-handed reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers in return for AAA closer Spencer Patton.

Frasor is 36-year-old reliever who will address the Royals weakness at the bottom of their bullpen. The Royals are strong at the top end with setup man Wade Davis and 7th inning arms Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera, but the team has struggled to find the bullpen depth to can keep games close when the team falls behind.

The Royals have tried Louis Coleman, Tim Collins, Scott Downs, Mike Mariot and Casey Coleman in that role, with little success.

Frasor has pitched 29.2 innings for the Rangers, while appearing in 38 games. He has an ERA of 3.34 with a healthy K% of 23.3, though his walk rate is higher than you would like at 10.9%. Even so, his FIP (fielding independent pitching) is a solid 3.51, which suggests his current performance is sustainable for the rest of the season.

In return, the Royals send 26-year-old minor league reliever Spencer Patton to Texas. Patton was pitching in AAA Omaha for Kansas City as the Stormchasers’ closer (4.08 ERA, 14 saves). Still, the price is relatively cheap for the Royals as Patton is hardly considered a top prospect.

Overall, this is a small, but solid start for Dayton Moore in retooling the Royals for the stretch run. Poor bullpen depth has frustrated attempts to come back late in games due to weak performances from the bottom of the relief staff.

However, Moore has more work to do. The offense needs a significant jump start if the Royals are to secure a wild card spot, or have a hope of chasing down the Tigers for the division crown. In fact, the Royals could use not one, but possibly two bats if they expect the offense to put up the kind of numbers a big second half run will require.

Keep checking KC Kingdom for further Royals updates throughout the day.

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