Jason Frasor happy to stay a Jay

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

DUNEDIN ó Free agency for Jason Frasor wasnít the massive windfall that it has been for some pitchers, but heíll take what he got and be happy to stay a Blue Jay.

Frasorís solid 2010 season was both a blessing and a millstone on the free market this winter. It was a blessing because he had a nice set of statistics to sell himself with. It was a millstone because those stats made him a Type B free agent whoíd cost a signing team a draft pick, limiting his value.

He eventually accepted the Jaysí offer of arbitration and settled on a one-year, $3.5-million contract with a club option for next year.

ďItís good to be back and Iím happy to be back,Ē he said Sunday. ďThat said, I didnít feel too much like a free agent, even though I was labelled that.

ďThe type A, type B thing throws a wrench into things. But thatís OK. We got the contract we wanted and itís refreshing to see John Farrell and Don Wakamatsu, and Iím glad they brought Bruce Walton back, and Pat Hentgen is in the bullpen.

ďItís refreshing. Itís nice to see some new guys, all very knowledgeable, very open. Itís hard to explain. Itís just good to see those guys. It was time for a change and Iím glad Iím here to be a part of it.Ē

Frasor is coming off an offseason in which he ramped up his workout routine to perhaps get off to a better start.

ďI came out of last spring training kind of flat. Iíve made some changes to the whole offseason workout thing and I hope it gets the lightning bolt back in there.

ďOn paper, right now, itís a very good bullpen. Breaking camp I think Iíll be working anywhere from the sixth to the eighth inning and thatís just fine.Ē


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