Jason Frasor pitched in 647 games before making the playoffs for the first time last season with the Royals. He’ll get another chance to help them to the postseason in 2015.
The Royals and Frasor, a right-handed relief pitcher, agreed on a one-year free-agent contract Friday that includes a mutual option for 2016.
The contract is worth a guaranteed $1.8 million, according to The Associated Press. Frasor will receive $1.25 million next season with a $2 million option and $550,000 buyout for 2016. Frasor made $1.75 million in 2014.
He also can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games pitched: $75,000 each for 35, 40, 45 and 50, and $100,000 apiece for 55 and 60.
Frasor, 37, joined the Royals on July 16 from Texas in a trade for minor-league pitcher Spencer Patton.
In the regular season, Frasor compiled a 1.53 ERA in 23 games, the best of any of the four teams he’s played for, with 16 strikeouts and four walks.
In the postseason, he was the winning pitcher in the AL Wild Card Game victory over Oakland and in game three of the AL Championship Series against Baltimore, which the Royals eventually swept in four games before losing to San Francisco in a seven-game World Series. He posted a 1.53 ERA in seven playoff games with 16 strikeouts and four walks.
“I think we all just want to be a part of something special and contribute to a winning team,” Frasor said during the playoffs. “It’s so gratifying and so much fun to contribute to a team that’s winning.”
He’ll get that opportunity again in 2015.
The Associated Press contributed to this report