UPDATE - The Rangers have signed Frasor, the team has announced:
Rangers sign free agent RH reliever Jason Frasor to one year contract. C Eli Whiteside designated for assignment to make room on roster.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) January 3, 2013
Whiteside's DFA is his fourth of the offseason.
The Texas Rangers are close to a one-year deal with sturdy veteran right-handed free-agent reliever Jason Frasor, an industry official said on Thursday.
Fraley notes that Frasor has been a setup man for the Toronto Blue Jays throughout much of his career, but the right-hander does have some experience closing games. He’s collected 36 saves over nine seasons at the major league level.
Fraley goes on to compare Frasor to former Rangers right-hander Mike Adams, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this offseason. Both are strikeout pitchers, as Frasor maintained 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings last season with the Blue Jays.
Over his two stints with the Blue Jays, Frasor became the team’s all-time leader in appearances with 505. However, Toronto elected not to re-sign the 35-year-old.
Last season for the Blue Jays Frasor maintained an ERA of 4.12. Over his major league career he owns an ERA of 3.77 with 8.6 strikeouts and 3.9 walks per nine innings. Information on Frasor’s salary for 2013 wasn’t released, but he made $3.75 million last season.