Apparently a 1.54 ERA doesn’t mean as much as it used to.
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who was designated for assignment by the Royals last week despite having a 1.54 ERA in 23 innings this season, passed through waivers unclaimed by any of the other 29 teams and has been released.
Frasor had a sub par 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings, so his great ERA was very misleading, but he’s been a solid setup man for the past decade. His one-year contract had about $750,000 remaining on it, which is reasonable enough for some team to snatch him up, but it also had a $550,000 buyout for 2016 that perhaps changed things a bit.
Expect the 37-year-old right-hander to latch on elsewhere, with a good chance he makes it back to the majors before long. Frasor has a 3.52 ERA in 673 career appearances, including a 2.41 ERA in 120 innings since 2013.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.