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.
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.
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