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Pirates Trade Jason Grilli to Angels For Ernesto Frieri

Pirates Trade Jason Grilli to Angels For Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded reliever Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for reliever Ernesto Frieri.

Frieri is a a 28-year-old righty that has struggled in the closer role this year, something he has in common with Grilli. Both have pitched well in the recent past in that role, so they might be able to return to their success in a different uniform.

Frieri has a 6.39 ERA this season in 34 appearances, with 11 saves and a 1.36 WHIP. In 31 innings, he has 38 strikeouts. He had 60 saves total between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Frieri got off to a slow start this year and has recently pitched poorly, but he had a nice stretch from late-April until the first week of June when he was pitching well. He also has two more seasons of control after this year, unlike Grilli, who will become a free agent at the end of the season.

Grilli was recently moved out of the closer role. He has blown four saves in 15 opportunities this year. He also missed a month of this seas...

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