The White Sox announced on Monday that they exercised the 2012 club option on right-handed reliever Jason Frasor.
The 34-year-old was picked up from the Blue Jays in the July deal that sent Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto. Frasor was one of the more forgettable names to pass through the left field gate at U.S. Cellular this season, going 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched for the White Sox.
I did one of these when I read that the option is for $3.75 million, because he certainly isn’t worth that, but then I remembered that Matt Thornton will make $5.5 million next year, Alex Rios will make $12 million and Adam Dunn will make $14 million…so it’s relatively consistent in the Kenny Williams value system.
This is step one in the backlash if the team fails to bring back Mark Buehrle because they’re cutting costs. Between Jesse Crain, Sergio Santos, Thornton and whatever youngsters outperform Frasor in spring training…we’re talking about a very expensive and ineffective sixth-inning guy.
Good luck, Robin.