Jason Frasor designated for assignment by the Royals despite 1.54 ERA

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Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Royals in November, has been designated for assignment and dropped from the 40-man roster.

Frasor has a 1.54 ERA in 26 appearances this season after a decade-plus of solid setup man work, which makes cutting him loose seem bizarre. However, his 18/15 K/BB ratio in 24 innings is anything but impressive and the Royals are overflowing with quality bullpen options.

Finding a take for Frasor via trade seems like a strong possibility, because even at age 37 he could probably help quite a few teams in a middle relief role.