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Phillies' Ernesto Frieri: Signs minor league deal with Phillies
Frieri signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The right-hander saved 60 games for the Angels from 2012-13, but he's struggled in recent seasons, bouncing from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay. Frieri thus had to settle for a minors deal this offseason, but there are incentives if he is able to eventually crack the major-league roster.
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Report: RP Ernesto Frieri dispatched to Durham
The Rays have sent veteran reliever Ernesto Frieri to Triple-A Durham after he cleared waivers, per MLBDailyDish.com. Frieri, who was designated for assignment Monday, has been struggling since last year. He has a 4.63 ERA this season.
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Rays DFA Ernesto Frieri on Monday; Will call up Mikie Mahtook
The Rays designated Ernesto Frieri for assignment after Monday's game, reports The Tampa Tribune. With Frieri no longer on the roster, the team will call up Mikie Maktook on Tuesday.
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Rays P Ernesto Frieri earns second save of season
Rays pitcher Ernesto Frieri earned a save of in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees in 13 innings. Frieri entered the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, right after the Rays scored their third run of the game. Frieri gave up one hit and came out unscathed. He now holds an ERA of 4.66 for the season. This was Frieri's second save of the 2015 season.
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
Rays' Ernesto Frieri blows save in loss to Yankees
Ernesto Frieri (BS, 1) gave up Alex Rodriguez's second home run of the game in the sixth inning Friday to get stuck with a blown save in the Rays' loss to the Yankees.He gave up two runs overall in one inning in the defeat.
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Rays will revisit closer-by committee approach once McGee returns
Rays manager Kevin Cash reiterated that he won't name a closer for now, and will take a closer-by committee approach to start the season, per the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday. "We're not going to name a closer," Cash said. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those (high) leverage situations. It just doesn't make sense to me to come out and name a closer when the game can be on the line in the seventh and eighth inning." Brad Boxberger, who saved two games last season, was deemed as the favorite by Cash earlier this spring to see the ball in the ninth while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury. Grant Balfour and Ernesto Frieri have combined for 152 out of 164 career saves on Tampa Bay's active roster. Cash indicated that he will revisit his closer approach once McGee returns from injury. "We'll revisit it," Cash said, "but it's too early to tell."
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach
A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning." Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season. Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations. "We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Ernesto Frieri hoping Rays pitching coach can revive career
Rays reliever Ernesto Frieri said one of the reasons he signed with Tampa Bay was for the opportunity to work with pitching coach Jim Hickey, per The Tampa Tribune. "That's why I'm here," Frieri said. "I've seen Hickey, he's the man. He knows what he's doing. He fixed a couple of guys before, and I hope I'm not the exception. I'm pretty sure he's going to give me the right information and I'm going to take advantage." The 29-year-old Frieri had a good run as the Angels closer in 2012 and 2013 before the wheels came off in 2014. He lost the closer's job with Los Angeles and was eventually traded to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, he was only there a few months before more struggles led to his release. Frieri said his 2014 struggles were because he developed bad habits. Instead of getting quicker to the plate, he was taller in his delivery, which robbed him of the deception, and caused his fastball to flatten out. The results were a 6.39 ERA with the Angels and a 10.13 ERA with the Pirates. "(Fernando Rodney was) decent before he got here, but when he got here, wow, he got amazing," Frieri said. "Hickey said something to him that really worked for him. Hopefully he says something to me that really works for me." Thus far, Frieri appears to be the ideal student. "He seems to be extremely eager to hear what we have to say," Hickey said. "You never know (how it will turn out), but at least it demonstrated his willingness to be open and try things."
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Rays sign right-hander Ernesto Frieri to major-league contract
The Rays have announced signing of right-hand pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract. Frieri will make a base salary of $800,000, going up to $3.15 million with incentives, according to the Tampa Tribune. Frieri, who had a career-high 37 saves in 2013, had 11 last season with a 7.34 ERA.
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
Pirates part ways with Ernesto Frieri
The Pirates released relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri Monday, parting ways with the player they acquired for Jason Grilli just two months earlier. They had previously designated him for assignment and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Frieri began 2014 as the Angels' closer. He had 11 saves with a 7.34 ERA and 1.46 WHIP between the two organizations.