Right-hander Jason Frasor, a key member of the Texas bullpen this season, has re-signed with the club for 2014.
Frasor, who was slated to be a free agent, will make $1.75 million plus incentives.
“It feels great,” Frasor said. “I’ve been a free agent before and it wasn’t really all that fun. Unless you’re a major power hitter or a stud, stud starter, when you’re a middle reliever it’s kind of stressful. When the Rangers showed interest in bringing me back I was thrilled. It seemed like they wanted to get it over with and that sounded good to me and we made it work.”
Frasor, 36, went 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 61 games for the Rangers this year and was a one of the workhorses down the stretch. He had a 2.06 ERA over his final 41 appearances with the Rangers. Opponents hit just .2033 against Frasor, the best mark of his career. Over his final 23 appearances, that number was .159.
He’ll be hard pressed to duplicate his numbers next year but he’s up for the challenge.
“It was a good year, no doubt about it,” Frasor said. “It ended up a good year. Only thing I can say is get off to a better start. For the most part I did a good job of damage control. I’d like to have a year like I had last year. I feel like I’ll have the same role. I think the manager’ looking for that guy to come in and right the ship. I want to continue to do that.”
With Frasor in the fold, the only key piece of the 2013 bullpen that’s not under contract or team control for next season is closer Joe Nathan. The Rangers have a club option or $9.5 million for Nathan but he has the right to void it.