Braves add Jason Frasor to the bullpen

When the second part of the season starts Friday, the Braves will have yet another new reliever in the bullpen.

The Braves continue to try and piece together a bullpen, and Thursday the team signed free agent reliever Jason Frasor to a deal for the rest of the season.

Frasor was released by the Royals earlier this week. This is a no-brainer move, as the Braves need help after the injury of closer Jason Grilli last Saturday. Jim Johnson will assume Grilli’s job as closer, but expect Frasor to get a chance as the main setup man.

Frasor has been very effective for the past year for Kansas City. He started last season with the Rangers, but Frasor was traded to the Royals a year ago Thursday. For Kansas City, Frasor pitched in 49 games and had an ERA of 1.54.

Frasor originally came up in the big leagues with the Blue Jays. He had 17 saves as a rookie in 2004. He was with the Blue Jays through the middle of the 2011 season when he went to the White Sox. Chicago then sent him back to Toronto, where he played the 2012 season. Then it was on to Texas for a season-and-a-half before going to the Royals.

David Aardsma has also been effective since he signed with the Braves. He’s got a 2.84 ERA in 14 games, with 13 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. Aardsma and Frasor will likely set up Johnson, with Luis Avilan sticking as the main left-handed setup man.

The Braves open the second part of the season Friday at Turner Field against the Chicago Cubs.


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