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Pirates designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment

Aug 8, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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Here’s how far Ernesto Frieri‘s stock has fallen in a short time: He opened the season as the Angels’ closer. Then, after struggling, he was stripped of closing duties and traded to the Pirates for Jason Grilli in a swap of relievers needing a change of scenery. And now he’s been designated for assignment by the Pirates.

In between all of that Frieri posted a 7.34 ERA in 48 appearances, which is shockingly bad for a 28-year-old who came into this season with a career 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings.

Plenty of teams should seemingly be willing to take a flier on Frieri, who was one of the better setup men in baseball for several years and has still managed 48 strikeouts in 42 innings this season while struggling overall.

  1. joecb91 - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Kevin Towers will now sign him just so all of their pitchers can take turns plunking him

  2. spc7ray - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    The Angels just might take him back!

  3. stairwayto7 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    He joins the dbacks and all 6 of their fans will love him!

  4. apkyletexas - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    He went into a 7-0 game in the 9th earlier this week and only gave up a 2-run bomb. Didn’t throw away the entire 7-run lead. Pretty much the highlight of his Bucs career.

  5. randomjoeblow - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Well, according to Calcaterra, he can’t even command his pitches enough to even matter…he breaks people’s hands by accident!

  6. randomjoeblow - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Well, according to Craig Calcaterra, he can’t even command his pitches enough to even matter…he breaks people’s hands by accident!

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