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Braves sign Jason Frasor

The former Kansas City Royal was released after pitching 23.1 innings for the defending AL champs.

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The Atlanta Braves have added Jason Frasor to their bullpen, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The 37-year-old reliever was released by the Kansas City Royals earlier this month.

In 23.1 innings for the Royals this season, Frasor had a 1.54 ERA but the advanced numbers tell a different story. Frasor had a 4.02 FIP to go with an above average BB/9 rate, and in those 23.1 innings he allowed 39 base runners.

The Braves had an large need for some relief help once Jason Grilli went down for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Grilli provided them with 24 saves and a 2.67 ERA in 33.2 innings. Originally, the plan was for the Braves to turn to Jim Johnson, who was having a fine year himself.

If the Braves fall out of contention, they would be looking to move Johnson who has a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings. It was just last week that Jon Heyman reported the Braves were having "serious talks" about moving Grilli to a contender. By signing Frasor, they can slot in Johnson to those talks, and hope to get some sort of return for him,