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Angels GM Jerry Dipoto says Ernesto Frieri will be the closer next season

Nov 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

Ernesto Frieri AP AP

The Angels have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for free agent closers this winter, but the team isn’t planning on making any changes. Or at least that’s what they are saying right now.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on MLB Network Radio on Sirius-XM yesterday and told host Mel Antonen that Ernesto Frieri will be the closer in 2014. While this sounds like a vote of confidence, it could be an attempt to downplay interest in some of the big-name closers on the market, including Joe Nathan and Grant Balfour.

Frieri is coming off an up-and-down year in which he posted a 3.80 ERA and 98/30 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings while going 37-for-41 in save chances. Known as a fly ball pitcher, he gave up 11 home runs after allowing 12 combined between 2011 and 2012. The 28-year-old right-hander is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.

You can listen to part of Dipoto’s interview on Sirius-XM here, where he also touches on yesterday’s acquisition of David Freese.

  1. losanginsight - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Jerry is not lying. Los Jalos don’t spend money on pitching. The money is used to past for 30+ year olds that have peaked. Why try to pry away one of the Cards young pitchers when you can get a .260 3rd baseman. Jared Weaver set the tone when he was hypnotized into taking a deal that pays him half his value. Now this trying to be a big market team thinks that every pitcher is scared to take on the pressure of signing a big contract.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      “Los Jalos don’t spend money on pitching”

      They just signed a pitcher.

  2. texasrug - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    That’s even better news than the prince fielder trade for the rangers

  3. rab1224 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Frieri gave up HRs because he has only one pitch (decent fastball with some movement)…but if the Angels are serious about keeping at closer they better figure out how to teach him another pitch (a change up maybe?); otherwise teams will continue to light him up…so now that Prince Fielder is off the market, Jerry, you can focus on getting some pitching like your club needs.

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