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Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: The bullpen edition

Huston StreetThe Pittsburgh Pirates are in the thick of a race for the National League Central, but the bullpen could be the deciding factor on whether the Buccos repeat last season’s magic or not. Repeating last season’s performance will be difficult for Pittsburgh, especially with four teams being in on the race this year, but if they strengthen a sometimes shaky “Shark Tank”...
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels trade rumors: Bullpen edition

The trade deadline is approaching and the Los Angeles Angels are in search of some pitchers to help bolster their bullpen. The team, which currently rests in second in the American League West behind the Oakland Athletics, began making midseason moves last week when they released forty-two year-old Raul Ibanez. This left the designated hitter position open for CJ Cron, who continues...
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels trade Ernesto Frieri for RHP Jason Grilli

Ernesto Frieri never found a comfort zone as the Angels' closer, so it was no real surprise Friday when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a deal involving struggling relievers. The Angels acquired right-hander Jason Grilli for Frieri, whose ERA ballooned to 6.39 and who had allowed 11 earned runs in eight innings this month. Grilli, 37, had a career-best 33 saves last season...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels, Pirates swap struggling former closers

Tired of Ernesto Frieri blowing saves? Fret no more! #Angels have acquired Jason Grilli from Pirates for Ernesto Frieri. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 27, 2014 That’s right, the Angels traded their disaster of a closer to the Pirates for their disaster of a closer in a classic example of a challenge trade. Chalk this one up to Dipoto taking away toys from Scioscia...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: The case against Ernesto Frieri

Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia has been known to give his players second chances, but his short memory might be his biggest flaw, especially when it comes to closer Ernesto Frieri. On April 23, Frieri gave up four runs on three hits to the Washington Nationals in just one-third of an inning. He was charged with a blown save and a loss, forcing Scioscia to rethink the management...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ernesto Frieri predicts Angels will beat “lucky” A’s

Fresh from the mouth of Ernesto Frieri and passed on to us by Pedro Moura of the now T.J. Simers-less OC Register: “We’re going to beat them,” Frieri said. “Get ready to write that. I hate to say this, but they have a little bit extra luck. If you pay attention every play, it’s stupid how the game goes their way.” Something is definitely stupid, Ernesto, and I don’t...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ernesto Frieri's lone mistake costly in Angels' loss to Yankees

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ernesto Frieri was riding a string of five consecutive successful outings since being demoted as the Angels' closer, following a blown save at Washington on April 23. On Tuesday, he nearly made it six in a row. One mistake cost him and the Angels in their 4-3 loss to the Yankees at Angel Stadium. With Joe Smith, who took over as closer once Frieri was demoted,...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ernesto Frieri working on regaining role as closer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Friday's outing for former Angels closer, Ernesto Frieri was short and sweet. Frieri entered the game in the ninth inning, but far from a save situation with the Angels trailing 5-2, and runners on first and second with one out. He threw two pitches, the last of which was a grounder by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus that turned into an inning-ending double play...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ernesto Frieri’s biggest problem? Predictability

When it comes to the Angels and the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow, the fans have had an assful. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the goat du jour is Ernesto Frieri thanks to his most recent meltdown. It is hard to blame people for that. Frieri has been the closer for parts of three seasons now, but his grip on the job has always been tenuous. The reason for that is Frieri...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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