Jason Frasor happy to stay a Jay

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

DUNEDIN — Free agency for Jason Frasor wasn’t the massive windfall that it has been for some pitchers, but he’ll take what he got and be happy to stay a Blue Jay.

Frasor’s 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 who’d cost a signing team a draft pick, limiting his value.

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

“It’s good to be back and I’m happy to be back,” he said Sunday. “That said, I didn’t feel too much like a free agent, even though I was labelled that.

“The type A, type B thing throws a wrench into things. But that’s OK. We got the contract we wanted and it’s refreshing to see John Farrell and Don Wakamatsu, and I’m glad they brought Bruce Walton back, and Pat Hentgen is in the bullpen.

“It’s refreshing. It’s nice to see some new guys, all very knowledgeable, very open. It’s hard to explain. It’s just good to see those guys. It was time for a change and I’m glad I’m here to be a part of it.”

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

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

“On paper, right now, it’s a very good bullpen. Breaking camp I think I’ll be working anywhere from the sixth to the eighth inning and that’s just fine.”


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