ARLINGTON, Texas — The Kansas City Royals have gotten some relief help, acquiring veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Class AAA right-hander Spencer Patton.
The trade was made Wednesday, the same day Patton was in the Class AAA All-Star game. The Rangers assigned him to Class AAA Round Rock.
Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. The right-hander spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said catcher Geovany Soto will be activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game at Toronto and set for his season debut in the majors after knee surgery.
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The injury-plagued Rangers (38-57) went into the All-Star break with the worst record in the major leagues. They were 21 games behind AL West-leading Oakland.
Daniels said the deal with the Royals is “just a good baseball trade and we like the return” and not any indication that Texas will start unloading potential free-agent players, such as the 36-year-old Frasor.
“It’s not necessarily related to anything else we may do,” Daniels said. “We’re certainly going to listen. I think the closer guys are to free agency, it’s just the more natural those conversations are to take place.”
Kansas City (48-46) is second in the AL Central, 6½ games behind Detroit.
To make room on their roster for Frasor, the Royals optioned Louis Coleman to Omaha and designated utility player Jimmy Paredes for assignment.
Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Class AAA Omaha. The 26-year-old righty has 60 strikeouts in 461/3 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.
In 624 major-league games, Frasor is 31-35 with 36 saves and a 3.65 ERA.
Soto had surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee after getting hurt near the end of spring training.
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