In some good news today, the Toronto Blue Jays strengthened their bullpen yet again as they reacquired reliever Jason Frasor from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.
Last season with the Jays, Frasor compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.98 ERA, 42.1 IP and 37 strikeouts to go along with a 1.25 WHIP and .244 OPPBA.
Frasor will take over the spot Jon Rauch left when the Jays relieved him of his duties this offseason. The Jays' new look bullpen now finally features a lefty specialist in Darren Oliver, setup men in Casey Janssen and Jason Frasor, and of course the closer Sergio Santos.
All were relatively cost-effective moves.
As for the players the Jays gave up, both Jaye and Webb really weren't top-level Jays prospects.
The 6'1" 195-pound Jaye was taken in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Last season with Bluefield, Jaye went 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In 54 IP he struck out 49 batters and walked 18.
Webb, who comes in at 6'3" 210 pounds, has struggled so far in his career, managing a 5-12 record in his first two seasons with a high 5.11 ERA in 135 IP. He only struck out 94 and walked 59 batters, so the peripherals don't look too appealing.
With the Jays bullpen now taking shape, look for Toronto to explore adding another starter before the start of the 2012 season.
Bullpen as it stands right now:
Closer Sergio Santos
Setup man Casey Janssen
Left-handed specialist Darren Oliver
Middle reliever Jason Frasor
Middle reliever Joel Carreno
Long man Carlos Villanueva
Long man Jesse Litsch