Jays sign a pair of pitchers



Ink former Brave Thomson; Frasor gets one-year deal
January 10, 2007
Cathal Kelly
sports reporter
The Blue Jays shored up their pitching yesterday, signing free-agent starter John Thomson and re-signing middle reliever Jason Frasor.
Thomson, 33, went 2-7 with a 4.82 ERA with the Atlanta Braves last season. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has agreed to a one-year deal for $500,000 (all figures U.S.) plus incentives.
"This is the kind of veteran guy we're trying to bring in here to give us some innings," Jays G.M. J.P. Ricciardi said.
In a 10-year career, Thomson has a record of 62-84. His best season was in 2004, when he went 14-8 with Atlanta.
Since then, Thomson has been slowed by injuries. Last year, he pitched only 80 innings after suffering from shoulder inflammation and blistering on his throwing hand.
"We're hoping he can get back to where he was," Ricciardi said. "We've had him checked out and he's fine, physically."
Thomson will compete with Casey Janssen, Shaun Marcum and Josh Towers for the final two spots in the Jays rotation behind Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Gustavo Chacin.
Well, it's not the kind of signing that really deserves much attention but I hope that adding another arm competing for those last two spots makes someone step up and take it.