All of a sudden, Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams picking up Jason Frasor's option begins to make some sense. In fact, it's given the White Sox further returns on a deal made this past July.
The White Sox perplexed a lot of fans, myself included, when Frasor's $3.75 million option was exercised following the 2011 season. In dealing Frasor back to the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Williams was able to garner additional talent from the trade that sent Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto.
In that deal, Williams unloaded Teahen's contract and got some value for Jackson, who was likely not returning to the South Side this season. Coming to Chicago was Frasor as well as Zach Stewart, who started eight games for the White Sox in August and September.
Frasor was swapped Sunday for right-handed pitchers Miles Jaye and Daniel Webb. Neither hurler is considered a top prospect. Unlike Stewart, who may find a spot on the White Sox pitching staff in the near future, Jaye and Webb are just two more arms hoping to work their way up the ladder.
The 20-year-old Jaye had a 3-3 record with a 3.00 ERA for rookie-level Bluefield of the Appalachian League. The 6'3", 170-pounder started nine of his 13 appearances. Webb, 22, was 4-5 in 18 games for Class A Lansing. The 6'3", 220-pounder posted a 5.59 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 66 innings of work this past season.
What makes the trade such a good move for WIlliams is that he shed Frasor's salary a day after moving Carlos Quentin's price tag to San Diego. This saves the White Sox almost $12 million in additional payroll for the 2012 season.
By picking up Fasor's option, Williams squeezed a little more youth from the Blue Jays' well. Frasor and his salary are still off the books, but the White Sox at least got a parting gift.
Williams opened up a spot for Dayan Viciedo this weekend and also may have created one in the bullpen. He's kind of gone about his business in a roundabout way, but Williams is beginning to make good on his promise to rebuild the organization.