Royals sign Frasor, trade Crow to Marlins

The Royals completed a pair of transactions involving their bullpen on Friday.

Kansas City signed right-hander Jason Frasor to a one-year contract for 2015 with a mutual option for 2016. Hours later, the Royals dealt right-hander Aaron Crow to the Marlins in exchange for Minor League pitchers Brian Flynn and Reid Redman.

Frasor’s deal is worth $1.25 million with a potential $500,000 in performance bonuses for next year, reports MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel. The mutual option for ’16 is for $2 million plus $500,000 in performance bonuses, with a $550,000 buyout. All told, Frasor is guaranteed at least $1.8 million.

Frasor, 37, became an important piece in the bullpen after being acquired from the Rangers in a July trade. He pitched well for Kansas City down the stretch, going 3-0- with a 1.53 ERA. Frasor followed that up with a strong postseason, posting a 1.69 ERA and earning victories in the American League Wild Card game against the A’s and Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Orioles.

Frasor’s emergence prompted the Royals to leave Crow off the postseason roster, and now Crow has found a new team with the Marlins.

Crow, 28, was 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and three saves over 67 relief appearances with the Royals in 2014. He was drafted and developed by Kansas City and was an All-Star in his rookie season of 2011. Since then, his 20 wins are tied for the second-most among AL relievers.

–Austin Laymance

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