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43 Ernesto Frieri RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 7/19/1985 | Birthplace: Bolivar, Colombia | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $530,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rays' Ernesto Frieri blows save in loss to Yankees


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) 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 will revisit closer-by committee approach once McGee returns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) 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."


Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) 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."


Ernesto Frieri hoping Rays pitching coach can revive career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) 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.”


Rays sign right-hander Ernesto Frieri to major-league contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) 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.


Pirates part ways with Ernesto Frieri


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) 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.


Ernesto Frieri accepts Triple-A assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Pirates pitcher Ernesto Frieri has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Frieri was designated for assignment last week. He owns an ugly 7.31 ERA with a quality 48:14 K:BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings with the Angels and Pirates.


Pirates designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Pirates have designated pitcher Ernesto Frieri for assignment, the team announced Friday.

Acquired from the Angels in a swap fro Jason Grilli, Frieri posted a 10.13 ERA and 10:5 K:BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings over 14 appearances with the Pirates. For the season, he owns a 7.34 ERA and 48:14 K:BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.


Ernesto Frieri pegged with the loss Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri was pegged with the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Frieri entered a 4-4 game in the bottom of the ninth inning. After getting two quick outs, Frieri allowed a walkoff solo home run to Kolten Wong to end the game. Frieri did manage to record one strikeout during the appearance. The loss drops him to 1-4 on the year. 


Ernesto Frieri earns first win as Pirate Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Pirates pitcher Ernesto Frieri earned his first win with his new team Tuesday, giving up three hits but pitching a scoreless ninth inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Frieri (1-3) gave up two singles before striking out the opposing pitcher, and though he gave up another single to the following batter, the lead runner was thrown out at home to preserve the tie. Frieri then retired the following batter to escape the inning with no damage done before the offense pulled off a come-from-behind win in the bottom of the ninth. Frieri owns a 6.00 ERA and 39:9 K:BB ratio in 33 innings between the Pirates and Angels.


Angels swap out one shaky closer for another


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) The more manager Mike Scioscia insisted he didn't want Joe Smith confined to closing, the more apparent it became the Angels had to make a trade. So they finally did Friday, swapping out perpetual headache Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli.

The problem is Grilli hasn't been so reliable himself. He may have been an All-Star in the role last year and was nothing short of lights-out before hurting his forearm midseason. But since then, in 31 appearances between this year and last, he has a 4.82 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.

In fact, the Pirates recently removed him from the closer role, replacing him with Mark Melancon.

Now, maybe the Angels thought that move was premature. Maybe they believe they can resuscitate Grilli somehow. He still has good stuff, so I wouldn't put it past them. But while Frieri is obviously a non-factor in mixed leagues now, I wouldn't be so quick to drop Smith in leagues where saves are scarce.


Angels, Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) The Angels and Pirates swapped deposed closers Friday, with Ernesto Frieri heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jason Grilli.

Both pitchers began the season as their team's respective closers, but were replaced due to struggles. Frieri has a 6.39 ERA in 31 innings, with 11 saves in 14 chances, while Grillie has a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, with 11 saves in 15 tries. At this point, neither pitcher's role for his new team has been defined. 


Manager: Angels are better team with Ernesto Frieri closing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mike Scioscia removed Ernesto Frieri from the closer job in favor of Joe Smith, but it was done kicking and screaming, at least figuratively. Scioscia vastly prefers Frieri in that role for the Angels.

"Our bullpen right now, with this group, works better if Ernie can get back to being the close that we know he can be," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "If he gets back to that consistency, our bullpen gets more depth and let us do things earlier, in the seventh."

Scioscia has expressed his belief that Smith has greater flexibility, such as the ability to pitch more than one inning. Despite his sidearming style, he is adept at getting both right-handed and left-handed batters out and inducing double plays. He is their most effective reliever entering with runners on base.

Frieri, however, has been terrible. He has given up eight home runs in 30 2/3 innings and eight earned runs in his last 6 1/3 innings pitched.


Angels could be looking to trade for closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Ernesto Frieri's chances of regaining the Angels' closer role could be shrinking if he doesn't begin to instill confidence in the front office that he can handle the job.

General manager Jerry DiPoto told MLB Network Radio Tuesday leading up to the July 31 trade deadline that the Angels are in the market for a left-handed reliever and possibly a closer.


Angels not going with one defined closer moving forward


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday that he is not going with one defined closer moving forward, MLB.com reports.

Ernesto Frieri was bypassed in a save situation Thursday against Cleveland. Frieri entered the game after Cam Bedrosian loaded the bases and promptly gave up a grand slam game-winner to Nick Swisher.

"I don't think it's any different from what we talked about," Scioscia said when asked if Frieri is his closer, per MLB.com. "What's different from matching up like we talked about?"

Ernesto Frieri has nothing to say after Thursday debacle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Angels embattled closer Ernesto Frieri - if he indeed is still their closer - declined comment when asked for his reaction to being bypassed in a save situation Thursday against Cleveland.

"I don't want to say anything," he told the Orange County Register.

Frieri did enter the game after Cam Bedrosian loaded the bases and promptly gave up a grand slam game-winner to Nick Swisher. He has given up six earned runs on eight hits in his last inning pitched and appears to be on the verge of losing his closer job, if he has not already.

Mike Scioscia said after the game he went with Bedrosian for his poise, stuff and the fact that the Indians had never faced him.


Don't freak out about Ernesto Frieri


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) It doesn't get much much uglier for a closer than it got for Ernesto Frieri Saturday at Atlanta. He allowed four earned runs on five hits without even recording an out, his ERA jumping from 4.18 to 5.46.

But most of that ERA -- most of his ugly numbers across the board, really -- are remnants of a disastrous April that had him splitting save opportunities with Joe Smith for a time. In 19 appearances prior to Saturday's meltdown, however, Frieri had a 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings over 19 1/3 innings.

Granted, it's almost impossible to separate this latest meltdown from his earlier struggles, but seeing as manager Mike Scioscia gave Frieri a vote of confidence after Saturday's game, that seems to be what the Angels are doing. And with job security, we should already know what Frieri can do. He may not be the most reliable closer, but he was one of the few to record right around 100 strikeouts last season. He's on a similar pace this season -- only with a much lower walk rate.

I wouldn't hesitate to roster a backup closer if I could get one on the cheap, but I wouldn't panic just yet if I owned Frieri.


Ernesto Frieri to maintain closer role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters he won't change the way he handles the closer role. Despite his recent struggles, Ernesto Frieri is expected to receive the majority of the chances in the ninth inning, according to the Orange County Register.

Frieri had a four-run meltdown against the Braves on Sunday. He owns a whopping 5.46 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through 28 innings of relief.

Ernesto Frieri melts down in four-run, zero-out appearance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri struggled in a nonsave situation Saturday, giving up four earned runs on five hits without recording an out in his team's 11-6 win over the Braves.

Frieri gave up three straight singles to open the ninth inning before the Braves reduced the Angels' lead to one with a triple. A ground-rule double brought the teams even and Frieri was removed with a runner on second. The next reliever was able to clean up the mess and send the game into extra innings. Frieri's ugly performance gives him a 5.46 ERA and 36:7 K:BB ratio in 28 innings.


Ernesto Frieri notches 11th save Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri never pitched four straight days in his big-league career until Monday, as he closed out the Athletics in Oakland. Frieri struck out the side and needed only 14 pitches to close out the game. He is 11 of 13 in save opportunities with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 28 innings of relief.

Ernesto Frieri notches 10th save in win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri notched his 10th save of the season Sunday afternoon against the White Sox in Chicago.

Frieri worked his way past a hit and a walk while striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning, securing a 4-2 victory. He is 10 of 12 in save chances with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 27 innings of relief.

Ernesto Frieri fans two for save No. 9


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri bounced back from a rough outing to earn the save Saturday, in a 6-5 win over the White Sox.

Frieri pitched a perfect ninth for the win, capping off a late-inning Angels comeback by striking out two batters to close it out. He is now 9 for 11 in save chances this season, with a 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 26 innings. 


Ernesto Frieri picks up two-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri entered Thursday's game against the Mariners with one out in the ninth inning. He got Stefen Romero to line out and struck out Dustin Ackley swinging to secure a 7-5 win and the save.

Frieri is 8 of 10 in save chances with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 23 innings of relief. He also owns a 28:6 K:BB ratio over that span.

Ernesto Frieri picks up seventh save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri one earned run on one hit and two walks in the ninth inning Tuesday but was able to slam the door on his team's 6-4 win over the Mariners to pick up his 12th save of the season.

Frieri appears to have regained the closer role with saves in back-to-back appearances, but he'll need to pitch better than he did Tuesday if he wants to keep the job this time around. He owns a 4.43 ERA and 27:6 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.


Ernesto Frieri closes out Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri collected his sixth save of the season Sunday afternoon at home against the Royals.

Frieri struck out one and worked his way around a one-out double to Salvador Perez. He has allowed one run over his first nine innings since regaining the closer role. He is 6 for 8 in save chances with a 4.22 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and 27:4 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.