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Angels acquire right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres

May 3, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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In an effort to improve a bullpen which enters play tonight with a 5.08 ERA, the Angels have acquired right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Padres in exchange for infielder-outfielder Alexi Amarista and right-hander Donn Roach.

Frieri, the longest tenured player in the Padres’ organization, has an impressive 2.33 ERA over 103 relief appearances in the big leagues. He has averaged 11.38 K/9 during his career, which is sixth-highest among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings since 2009. While it’s clear that Frieri can miss some bats, he has also averaged 4.7 BB/9 in the big leagues and has a career fly ball rate of 56.9 percent. He might miss pitching in PETCO Park.

Amarista has seen limited time with the Angels in each of the past two seasons. The 23-year-old has a .313/.370/.441 batting line over six seasons in the minors and profiles as a potential utility player. Roach, a 2010 third-round pick, has pitched as both a starter and reliever during his brief pro career. The 22-year-old had a 2.16 ERA and 29/3 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings over six starts with High-A Inland Empire this season. Amarista was ranked as the organization’s No. 19 prospect by Baseball America this offseason while Roach checked in at No .23.

  1. citizenking77 - May 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Hey now we’re talking!! We’ve lost too many games this year already due to our inept bullpen.

  2. icanspeel - May 3, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Didn’t see that coming.. will miss Frieri. He may not have the best control at times, but with the movement he has on his pitches he is exciting to watch.

  3. Glen - May 3, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    This is the definition of a good trade: both sides get something good. Roach will do well in Petco and the Angels need the pen help.

    • rosesacl - May 4, 2012 at 1:58 AM

      “This is the definition of a good trade:”

      for who? I’m guessing you’re talking about anaheim…

      • Glen - May 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        It may favor the Angels slightly but Roach is gonna be solid and Amarista is great for depth.

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