Braves sign Royals castoff Jason Frasor for bullpen help

6 Comments

Veteran reliever Jason Frasor has signed with the Braves after being released by the Royals earlier this week, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Frasor’s release was a surprise because of his sparkling 1.54 ERA, but his 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings was far less impressive and Kansas City is overflowing with quality bullpen options.

With that said, Frasor has a decade-long history of solid work as a setup man–including a sub-3.75 ERA in six of the past seven seasons–and even at age 37 should be able to help the Braves’ bullpen following closer Jason Grilli’s season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

toronto blue jays
Thomas Skrlj/Getty Images
1 Comment

TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.