Royals making their own deals on “Black Friday”


Kansas City signs reliever, makes trade with Miami

The Kansas City Royals have been making deals on a day known for a different kind of deals. “Black Friday” is one of if not the biggest retail sales day of the year.

The Royals have had their own “Black Friday” so far this year. The team re-signed reliever Jason Frasor on Friday.

Frasor, 37, was acquired by the Royals in a trade on July 16, The self-described “one inning pitcher” worked out well for the Royals in middle relief both during the season and the postseason.

Frasor went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 17 2/3 innings for the Royals in 2014. He allowed just three runs, 13 hits, four walks and struck out 16 batters.

Frasor’s contract is for one-year with a mutual option for 2016. In 2015 he will make $1.25 million with $500,000 in performance bonuses.

The option for 2016 is worth $2 million with up another $500,000 in bonuses based on performance. The team will have a $550,000 buyout option if necessary.

If both sides pick up the option Frasor will be guaranteed at least $1.8 million.

Kansas City made a deal with the Miami Marlins early Friday. Miami parted with a pair of pitching prospects in order to bolster their bullpen for next season.

The Royals gave up pitcher Aaron Crow. Crow was picked 12th overall in the 2009 Draft by the Royals. He pitched alongside Frasor in the Royals’ bullpen, one of the league’s best, last season. Although partially because of Frasor’s success, Crow was left off of the Royal’s postseason roster.

Crow will join fellow right-handers A.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris, Chris Hatcher, Carter Capps and Sam Dyson in the Marlins’ bullpen with Steve Cishek as the closer.

Crow was 6-1 last season with Kansas City and posted a 4.12 ERA. His career ERA is 3.43. He also made an All-Star appearance as a rookie in 2011.

The Royals recieved two pitching prospects from Miami in Brian Flynn and Reid Redman. Flynn, 24, made two appearances for the Marlins last season and 8-10 with a 4.06 ERA in 25 starts at Triple-A New Orleans.

Redman who is 26-years old went 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA for Class A Advanced Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2014.