We've been discussing the Texas Rangers' selling options for the past week, and one of the candidates is now officially on his merry way, as Jason Frasor has to be thrilled to be heading off to Kansas City to play for a contending Royals team and maybe get a decent amount of rest.
Frasor was shipped off on Wednesday for Triple-A closer Spencer Patton, a 26-year-old who has converted 14 of 15 save chances for Triple-A Omaha this season with a 4.08 ERA. He has fanned 60 in 46 innings this season, but he's also walked 26 and given up nine homers.
So yeah, the guy you're getting back for Frasor isn't a stud and isn't expected to be, but with Frasor, the Rangers had to get something for a guy who will be a free agent at the end of the year, and the same will likely go for Neal Cotts.
Patton will be reporting to Triple-A Round Rock and time will tell who replaces Frasor on the Rangers' roster. Frasor, who will turn 37 next month, was in his second season with Texas and was struggling this season with a 3.34 ERA after compiling a 2.57 mark last season. HIs struggles were largely because he was ridden way too hard out of necessity since the Rangers' starters can't seem to get past the fifth inning.
Frasor must be rejoicing, and what's it say about the Rangers' struggles this year that they're selling to a buying Royals team. Crazy how things can change.