White Sox exercise $3.75 million option on Jason Frasor

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When the White Sox acquired Jason Frasor from the Blue Jays in July the assumption was that they made the move to get him for the second half of this season and all of next season, and sure enough they’ve exercised the reliever’s $3.75 million option for 2012.

Frasor earned $3.5 million this season while throwing 60 innings with a 3.60 ERA and 57/26 K/BB ratio. He also posted a 3.12 ERA and 121/43 K/BB ratio in 121 total innings between 2009 and 2010, so Frasor should be a solid setup man for Chicago in 2012 and $3.75 million is a very reasonable one-year commitment.

Of course, if the White Sox decide to go with a full-scale rebuilding effort Frasor may end up as trade bait. Either way, picking up his option was the right move.

Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes to 2:38

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NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.

The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.

Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.

Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.

MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.

Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.

There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.

Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.

Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.

Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.