Frieri was released by the Brewers on Sunday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Frieri signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers earlier this offseason with the hopes of cracking the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring camp. The veteran hurler wasn't able to capitalize on his opportunity, as he turned in a 7.94 ERA and ran an abysmal 3.18 WHIP over 5.2 innings of Cactus League work. He'll look to catch on with another organization.
Frieri agreed to a minor-league with Milwaukee on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old has only appeared in six big-league games over the past two seasons, bouncing around between four different organizations while spending most of his time providing solid returns at the Triple-A level. He will get an opportunity to find a home in the Brewers' bullpen for the start of the 2018 campaign but it's more likely than not that he will begin the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Over seven innings of relief work with Texas last season, he posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.71 WHIP with a 5:6 K:BB. Even if he's able to secure a spot in the majors, he won't see many high-leverage appearances barring a rash of injuries.
Frieri was traded from the Rangers to the Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.
Frieri will report to Triple-A Tacoma, where he will serve as organizational bullpen depth. The 32-year-old compiled an impressive 2.63 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27.1 minor-league innings this season, though he has been unable to replicate that success in recent major-league seasons.
Frieri accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier in the week and will return to the Rangers organization without a spot on the 40-man roster. Frieri figures to work out of the bullpen at Round Rock for the time being but could be an option to be called up by the Rangers later in the season if their bullpen struggles continue.
Frieri was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
With Jeremy Jeffress (back) returning from the disabled list Tuesday, the Rangers needed to make a move to open up a roster spot. After allowing two runs and being saddled with the loss during Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Frieri was chosen as the odd man out in the bullpen. The 31-year-old owns a 5.14 ERA on the year and will likely report to Triple-A Round Rock if he passes through waivers unclaimed and accepts his minor-league assignment.
Frieri gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning to take the loss in Monday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox in 11 innings.
After the previous four Rangers relievers limited the Red Sox to just one hit over 4.1 innings, the floodgates opened when Frieri entered the contest in the top of the 11th. The well-traveled reliever induced a flyout to open the frame, but then loaded the bases before Andrew Benintendi hit a ball over the heads of a drawn-in infield for a game-winning two-run single. As has been the case in Frieri's previous career stops, reining in the free passes has been an issue for him over his first six appearances with the Rangers. He's already yielded six walks in seven innings.
Frieri covered three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two.
Frieri, the owner of 73 career saves, has been deployed as a one-inning reliever for most of his eight big-league seasons, but he looked great while working in long relief Wednesday after starter Tyson Ross was lit up for seven runs over three innings. The key to the right-hander's success was pinpoint control, with 31 of his 45 pitches going for strikes. Frieri's walk- and homer-happy tendencies have caused trouble for him in the past, but so long as he shows an ability to avoid those issues in subsequent appearances, he could gradually slide into higher-leverage work out of the bullpen.
Frieri's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.
Frieri will take the place of Andrew Cashner (oblique) on the active roster, while Peter O'Brien was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man for him. Between Triple-A Round Rock and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, Frieri compiled a 2.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings before earning his first major-league call-up since 2015. The 31-year-old's previous big-league experience could afford him some decent opportunities in a struggling Rangers bullpen.
Frieri signed a minor-league contract Tuesday with the Rangers, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
After failing to parlay a 3.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 21 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre into a roster spot with the Yankees, Frieri opted out of his contract earlier this month and didn't take long to find a new home. While Frieri will report to Triple-A Round Rock to begin his tenure with the Rangers, it's not hard to envision him earning a spot in the big club's beleaguered bullpen if he continues to excel in the minors over the next few weeks. The Rangers rank 26th in the majors with a 4.76 bullpen ERA this season.
Frieri opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
Frieri posted a solid 3.00 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 21 frames at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which could help him find a job in the majors. The right-hander boasts 73 career saves, notching 71 between 2012 and 2014, including 37 with the Angels in 2013. He last pitched in the big leagues with the Rays in 2015, posting a 4.63 ERA.
Frieri agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Frieri last pitched in the majors in 2015, when he worked to a 4.63 ERA across 23.1 innings with the Rays. He spent camp with the Phillies last spring but was released at the onset of the season. The 31-year-old most recently notched a couple of scoreless frames in the WBC for Colombia, which apparently was enough for the Yanks to take a shot on him. Manager Joe Girardi said Frieri will have a legitimate shot to make the roster, so we'll see if he can pitch his way back into the majors this spring. If he does crack the roster, it will likely be in a low-leverage role, as the back end of the Bombers' bullpen is pretty set.
Frieri was released by the Phillies on Tuesday, Steve Gross of The Morning Call reports.
Just a few days after assigning Frieri to minor league camp, the Phillies opted to release the veteran reliever Tuesday. Frieri hasn't recorded an ERA under 4.50 since 2013, and although he brought his ERA down to 4.63 last season, his FIP of 6.39 suggests he was bailed out by a strong Rays defense. He'll hit free agency and could be a candidate to get picked up by a team looking to add middle relief depth.
Frieri was assigned to minor league camp Friday, Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports.
Frieri struggled this spring while he worked on returning to his old delivery. He will open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Frieri believes a mechanical adjustment will help him regain his effectiveness this season, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Frieri said he has gotten away from throwing across his body the past few years while coaches were trying to correct his issues. The deception he gained from throwing across his body was part of the reason he had success in the past. He also struggled with some arm issues last season which caused his fastball velocity to drop from 94 mph to 91-92 mph. He said he feels healthy this spring. Frieri is competing for a spot in the Phillies pen this spring and will also be in the mix for closing duties if he impresses. He made his first appearance of the spring Thursday and allowed two hits, including a solo home run to Matt Duffy, while also walking a batter and striking out one.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.”
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