UPDATE: It’s now official for $1.5 million, which is a nice bargain pickup for Texas.
Jason Frasor is close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
Frasor has spent his entire nine-year career with the Blue Jays except for a two-month stint in 2011 after they traded him to the White Sox, only to reacquire the 34-year-old right-hander last offseason.
He’s typically been a solid setup man, throwing 522 innings with a 3.77 ERA, including a 4.12 ERA and 53/33 K/BB ratio in 44 innings last season while being paid $3.75 million.
Frasor could replace some of the high-leverage work the Rangers lost when Mike Adams signed with the Phillies.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.