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49 Ernesto Frieri RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 7/19/1985 | Birthplace: Bolivar, Colombia | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $530,000 | Owned/Started%: 84/67 | Average Draft Position: 160.51
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Ernesto Frieri blows save in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri blew a save opportunity and took the loss in the A's 3-2 win over the Angels Monday, giving up two earned runs on four hits, including a two-run home run.

Frieri (0-1) gave up a single and recorded an out before pinch hitter John Jaso connected for a game-changing two-run home run. The Angels closer surrendered two more singles before he was removed from the game. He has posted a 6.75 ERA and 6:1 K:BB ratio in 5 1/3 innings.


Ernesto Frieri earns first save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri picked up his first save of the season in his team's 2-0 win over the Mariners Wednesday, striking out one and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning.

Frieri surrendered two home runs in his season debut but has put together two scoreless outings since. He owns a 3:1 K:BB ratio in three innings pitched.


Ernesto Frieri maintains perfect spring ERA Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Cubs.

Frieri has made eight appearances this spring, throwing a scoreless inning in each while only giving up two hits and two walks. He's racked up eight strikeouts as he prepares for another season as the Angels' closer.


Ernesto Frieri away from team to be with family


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri is away from the team to be with his family, according to MLB.com.

Frieri and his wife are expecting to have their second child shortly, so Frieri will miss a couple days. It should not impact whether he's ready for the regular season. Frieri posted a 3.80 ERA in 68 2/3 innings last year.


Angels, Ernesto Frieri agree to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Angels and pitcher Ernesto Frieri have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.8 million, the Orange County Register reports.

Frieri was eligible for arbitration for the first time this season, but the sides managed to work out a deal before the process played out. He went 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 98:30 K:BB ratio and 37 saves in 68 2/3 innings last season.


Angels announce decisions prior to non-tender deadline


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Angels opted not to tender contracts to three players Monday, making them free agents. Pitchers Jerome Williams and Tommy Hanson, along with infielder Chris Nelson, will become free agents this offseason.

The Angels did tender contracts to five players, and will have a chance to negotiate deals for them prior to arbitration hearing. They are: infielders Mark Trumbo and David Freese, and pitchers Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Salas


Ernesto Frieri to return as Angels' closer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/24/2013) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told MLB Network Radio that Ernesto Frieri will reprise his role as the team's closer next season.

Frieri recorded 37 of the bullpen's 41 saves in 2013, and he posted a 3.80 ERA while tied with Craig Kimbrel for the sixth-highest strikeout total (98) for a reliever in the major leagues.


Ernesto Frieri picks up 37th save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri earned his 37th save Wednesday afternoon against Oakland. Frieri struck out two batters in the ninth inning on 12 pitches. 

Frieri gave up one hit in his only inning of work. He lowered his ERA to 3.59 on the season. The 28-year-old has gone 37 for 41 in save situations and has 96 strikeouts over 67 2/3 innings on the year. 


Ernesto Frieri escapes with 36th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri endured a shaky outing as he escaped with his 36th save of the season Saturday night against the Mariners. The right-hander allowed a solo home run to Raul Ibanez in the ninth to cut the deficit in half. He allowed one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one over one innings of work in a 6-5 victory.

Frieri is 36 of 40 in save chances, with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 66 2/3 innings pitched.

Ernesto Frieri ends long game with save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri held down a 5-4 extra-inning win at Oakland Wednesday. Frieri went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th inning to close out the win and earn his 35th save of the season. 

The closer needed 14 pitches to breeze through the inning and end the marathon game. His ERA is at 3.62 on the year. 

Frieri has earned saves in nine of his last 11 appearances and also has a win over that stretch. He's given up just one earned run over that time. Frieri has gone 35 for 39 in save situations. 


Ernesto Frieri gets a two-inning save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) The Angels called upon closer Ernesto Frieri to give them two innings, and he delivered a scoreless performance, along with his 34th save, nailing down a Sunday victory over the Astros. Frieri struck out four batters and allowed only one hit.

The outing marked the third time this season that Frieri pitched two full innings, but it was the first time he converted a two-inning save.


Ernesto Frieri strikes out two in 33rd save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri surrendered a hit and a walk Thursdy but struck out two batters to complete a scoreless ninth inning and preserve his team's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Frieri needed 35 pitches to secure his 33rd save, matching his highest workload of the season. He's 8 for 8 in save opportunities since blowing two at the end of July. Frieri owns a 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 88:29 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings.


Ernesto Frieri goes 1-2-3 for save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri recorded his 32nd save Wednesday night in Toronto. He held down a 5-4 win for C.J. Wilson and the Angels.

Frieri went 1-2-3 in the ninth on 17 pitches. He did not strike out a batter and lowered his ERA to 3.86 for Anaheim.

The 28-year-old has given up just one run over his last 10 appearances with two wins and six saves over that stretch.

Ernesto Frieri hangs on for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri turned in a shaky outing as he hung on for his 31st save of the season Friday night against the Rangers. The right-hander allowed a run-scoring single to Elvis Andrus. He allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out two to secure a 6-5 victory.

Frieri is 31 of 35 in save chances with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Ernesto Frieri picks up five out save


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri picked up a 1 2/3 inning save in Sunday's win over Milwaukee.

Frieri retired all five batters he faced and struck out four in one of his most impressive outings of the year. His ERA sits at 3.90 to go with 30 saves.


Ernesto Frieri closes out Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri entered Saturday's contest against the Brewers in the ninth inning with a one-run advantage. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit as he struck out one to convert his 29th save of the season in a 6-5 win.

Frieri is 29 of 33 in save situations with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Ernesto Frieri tacks on another save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/29/2013) Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 28th save of the season in the Angels' 2-0 victory over the Rays on Thursday.

Frieri got into a jam, allowing a one-out Yunel Escobar double that put Wil Myers on third base, but he retired the next two batters to earn the save. He lowered his ERA to 4.09 with this outing.


Ernesto Frieri a last resort for saves


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/28/2013) Just when the back end of the Angels bullpen appeared to have stabilized with manager Mike Scioscia saying Saturday that Ernesto Frieri would go back to being the team's primary closer, Frieri worked the eighth inning of Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay. Dane De La Rosa closed the door in the ninth for his second save.

Frieri hadn't pitched since Friday, so maybe Scioscia just wanted to get him some work. The Angels were trailing by one run at the time and, because they were the road team, wouldn't have taken the field in the bottom of the ninth if they hadn't rallied for two runs in the top half of the inning. Still, the unorthodox use of the two relievers keeps this situation in a state of unpredictability.

My guess is Frieri gets at least two-thirds of the Angels' remaining save opportunities, but it's just a guess. And considering those opportunities have been few and far between lately anyway, I'll take any and every full-time closer over him, including Dannny Farquhar, Rex Brothers and even Kevin Gregg.


Ernesto Frieri to 'primarily' close


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that pitcher Ernesto Frieri, who earned his first save in over three weeks Friday, will "primarly" go back to closing games, MLB.com reports.

Dane de la Rosa will continue to be mixed in on occassion, but Frieri earns the primary closing role back after throwing six scoreless innings over his last five appearances while striking out 10 and walking just one during that stretch.


Ernesto Frieri collects first save since Aug. 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri entered Friday's game against the Mariners with a two-run lead in the ninth inning. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit as he struck out three to convert his 27th save of the season in a 2-0 win.

Frieri collected his first save since Aug. 2. He is 27 of 31 in save chances with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Dane De La Rosa and Ernesto Frieri to share closer's role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that both Dane De La Rosa and Ernesto Frieri will share the closer's role, according to MLB.com. 

Frieri threw two scoreless frames Saturday and has not surrendered a run in his last four innings of relief. He is 26 of 30 in save chances with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has not converted a save since Aug. 2.

De La Rosa has converted one save and owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 55 2/3 innings of relief.

"I think you'll see Dane [De La Rosa] get some opportunities and you'll see Ernie get some opportunities," Scioscia said. "We have to be able to get those last three to six outs, and if they're both available, great. If one's down, the other guy is certainly a guy that can fill in."


Ernesto Frieri to pitch in low leverage situations


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri will pitch in low leverage situations as he works through his troubles, Orange County Register reports. Dane De La Rosa will serve as the team's closer Saturday if a save situation arises.

Frieri has surrendered 12 earned runs on 15 hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings over his last seven appearances.


Ernesto Frieri with yet another poor outing


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri had another poor performance Tuesday night at home against the Rangers.

Frieri was called upon to clean up Nick Maronde's mess and keep the Rangers just one run ahead. Instead, he allowed his inherited runners to score and ended up allowing two runs of his own.

Frieri surrendered four hits before he record just one out. He threw 16 pitches and his ERA is now at 4.79.

The closer has been in a bad way and has now given up 12 runs over his last seven appearances spanning 4 2/3 innings. He has three losses and two blown saves over that span.


Ernesto Frieri: buy low?


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/6/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri has been bad recently -- a 20.77 ERA over his last six games (10 runs in 4 1/3 innings) with three home runs allowed, three losses, and two blown saves. 

I really have nothing to go on here outside of history -- closers have hit rough patches before, and come out the other side just fine. Sometimes it's a mechanical tweak (and Frieri is working with coaches). Other situations may call for a move left or right the pitching rubber. It could be something that a few days off or a week in middle relief might fix. 

The point is, Frieri has shown a skill in closing out games, and he has temporarily lost it. His owners are somewhat fortunate because there isn't a clear-cut successor in the bullpen. Plus, with a somewhat lost season for the Angels, it might behoove the team to get Frieri past this stretch without damaging his confidence, as they look to the future. 

Whatever the case, if Frieri can be had cheap -- and we're talking A.J. Ellis/Kelly Johnson/Michael Young-type players -- he may be worth the gamble. There's always a chance Frieri is replaced and flutters out the rest of the season in middle relief. But he's proven to be solid in the past, and if he can be fixed, he'll be a nice source of saves the rest of the season. 


Ernesto Frieri pegged with fourth loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Angels closer Ernesto Frieri (0-4) endured a shaky outing as he was hit with the loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Frieri entered the game in the eighth and retired the final batter of the frame. He allowed a single to Brett Lawrie and plunked J.P. Arencibia before he was pulled with one out in the ninth. He was charged with two runs on one hit over two-thirds of an inning in a 6-5 defeat. He owns a 4.44 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 46 2/3 innings of relief this season.