Ernesto Frieri RP TB 2 Months

Frieri signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Rays on Wednesday.

Frieri was released by the Pirates in early September, and remained a free agent for the remainder of the season. The Rays have decided to take a chance on him, but signed him on a highly-incentived contract, with a chance to make up to $2 million next season if he pitches well enough. He will compete for a spot in the Rays' bullpen in spring training.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 5 Months

Frieri has been released by the Pirates, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Frieri came to Pittsburgh in a trade for former closer Jason Grilli, but didn't do enough to justify the Pirates keeping him at his current salary. Less than a year from being removed from being the closer for the Angels, Frieri is now a free agent and will have to look for work where he can find it.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 6 Months

Frieri accepted his assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Frieri was designated for assignment by the Pirates last week, and he opted to remain with the team rather than seek an opportunity elsewhere. Frieri was tagged for 12 earned runs over 10.2 innings with the Pirates, but given his big league experience, there is a decent chance he returns to Pittsburgh when rosters expand in September.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 6 Months

Frieri was designated for assignment Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

Other than pitching terribly (10.13 ERA in 10.2 innings), the only think Frieri has done of note since being traded from the Angels to the Pirates was to hit Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch, ending his season and subsequently leading to Andrew McCutchen's status for the next month being in doubt after the Diamondbacks retaliated. Considering how poorly he has been this season, he may in fact clear waivers, but it's also likely that he would decline the assignment and become a free agent in that case.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 7 Months

Ernesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.

Luckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 7 Months

Pirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.

Both hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it's unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 7 Months

Ernesto Frieri was charged with three runs in the ninth after entering a 6-1 game Thursday against the Twins.

Frieri dug his own grave and then Joe Smith buried him, giving up a three-run double to Joe Mauer after entering with two outs. The hit took Frieri's ERA from 5.52 to 6.39, and Smith simply retired Kendrys Morales afterwards to earn a save in the 6-4 win. Frieri's problem has been homers, but it was two walks that did him in today. He had allowed just six unintentional walks in 30 1/3 innings entering the game, so it was an odd outing him for him. Needless to say, he's not getting the closing gig back anytime soon.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 7 Months

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that he doesn't have a defined closer.

"I don't think it's any different from what we talked about," Scioscia said when asked if Ernesto Frieri is his closer. "What's different from matching up like we talked about?" The comments came after Cam Bedrosian was used in a save situation Thursday, only to load the bases and be relieved by Frieri, who promptly served up a walk-off grand slam. Frieri is still probably the best bet for saves, but Bedrosian and Joe Smith should also be owned.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 7 Months

Ernesto Frieri served up a walkoff grand slam to Nick Swisher on Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.

Anaheim led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning and Cam Bedrosian was brought in for the save. But manager Mike Scoiscia turned back to Frieri after Bedrosian loaded the bases on two walks and a double. That's when Swisher went deep to win it. The Angels' bullpen is a mess right now.

Ernesto Frieri RP TB 8 Months

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Sunday that there has been no change to how he's handling the team's closer role, and that it will continue to be primarily Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning.

This comes on the heels of Frieri surrendering four runs on five hits without recording an out in the ninth inning against the Braves on Friday. While the vote of confidence sounds reassuring, his 5.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season paint a troubling picture. Joe Smith should be secured as a handcuff option wherever he's available.