Frasor unheralded piece of Royals' potent bullpen

Veteran righty quickly re-signed in offseason

Frasor unheralded piece of Royals' potent bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals right-hander Jason Frasor is a guy who doesn't waste time.

In each of the past two seasons, Frasor has signed his free-agent contract almost immediately after his team's season ended. He re-signed with the Rangers on Oct. 12, 2013, and re-signed with the Royals on Nov. 28, 2014.

"You sign it quick before they change their mind," Frasor joked.

In reality, Frasor simply didn't like the idea of spending the winter unsigned.

"You just never want to be the guy who gets to February or March and doesn't have a contract," he said. "With me, it was easy the last two years. I was lucky enough to get offers from two teams I really wanted to play for, first with the Rangers and then with the Royals. Those are two very high-quality organizations, so why sit around and wait?

"In both cases, it's the team I wanted to play for, so just go ahead and sign."

The Royals, too, didn't hesitate with the decision to bring Frasor back. He was a highly effective addition to the bullpen over the final two months of the season, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 games.

The Royals signed him to a $1.8 million deal for 2015 with a mutual option for '16.

Manager Ned Yost said he didn't have to convince the front office to retain the veteran righty.

"I don't have to lobby anyway," Yost said. "We just have discussions about what's best for the team and everyone was in agreement [on Frasor]."

Frasor, 37, gives Yost exactly what he wants as a setup man to the vaunted trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

"The main thing is you want a guy you can count on and Jason is," Yost said. "You don't want a guy who comes in and falls behind 3-1 and then walks a guy. You don't want surprises. You want a guy who is reliable and throws strikes.

"That's what we got with Jason."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.