Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
4 months ago

Frieri was traded from the Rangers to the Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
5 months ago

Frieri accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
5 months ago

Frieri was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
5 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

After the previous four Rangers relievers limited the Red Sox to just one hit over 4.1 innings, the flood gates 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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
5 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
5 months ago

Frieri had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
2 years ago

Frieri cleared waivers Sunday and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Angels closer has seen his stock tumble since the start of 2014, as sky-high home-run rates continue to be his downfall. He's served up a staggering 17 long balls across just 65 innings in the majors the last two seasons, with the Rays determining that keeping him on the 40-man roster was no longer tenable. Frieri will attempt to rectify his issues with keeping the ball in the yard in the minors before earning his way back to the big leagues.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
2 years ago

Frieri was designated for assignment Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Frieri's pre-2013 track record could lead to some interest around the league, but he's struggled with walks and home runs for the last three seasons, and he hasn't even been striking out many batters this year. He has a 4.63 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 19:11 K:BB ratio through 23.1 innings, with six home runs allowed.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
3 years ago

Frieri collected a 13th-inning save Wednesday, working around a hit for a scoreless frame.

He's picked up a couple rogue saves now, this one because Brad Boxberger pitched the 10th inning. Boxberger's under no threat from Frieri, but it's worth noting that the veteran righty is Tampa's second choice while Jake McGee remains shelved.

Ernesto Frieri
RP FA
3 years ago

Frieri picked up a save Sunday against the Marlins while giving up a run on two hits -- including a home run -- over 1.1 innings against Miami.

Entering play Sunday, Brad Boxberger had pitched on four out of the previous five days, including back-to-back appearances Friday and Saturday. Kevin Jepsen was also rested in order to avoid a workload that was too heavy, so consider Frieri to be at least one seat away from working the ninth inning if an injury befalls Boxberger prior to the eventual return of Jake McGee.