Rangers trade pitcher to the Mariners for one dollar

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 10, 2017

Who says a buck doesn't buy you much nowadays?

The Rangers announced that they've traded right-hander Ernesto Frieri to the Mariners in exchange for cash.

Yes, a dollar. and nothing else.

Frieri is 11-14 with a 3.59 ERA and 73 saves in 304 relief appearances with San Diego (2009-12), the Los Angeles Angels (2012-14), Pittsburgh (2014), Tampa Bay (2015) and Texas. But he followed his best season with two really bad ones, then he was out of baseball a year ago after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training. In June he opted out, and caught on with the Rangers, where he volleyed between the majors and minors.

Frieri wound up signing a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers, and eventually this move would lead to another big-league opportunity. He pitched seven innings out of the Texas 'pen, allowing four runs on six hits and six walks with five strikeouts. Frieri is an extreme fly-ball pitcher (career 26.4 percent ground-ball rate), though if he reaches the Majors, concerns surrounding that trait could be somewhat mitigated by the spacious dimensions of Seattle's Safeco Field and an excellent Mariners outfield defense.

Frieri was assigned by Seattle to Triple-A Tacoma, and if he does well in the next few weeks, perhaps he'll get another shot in the majors when rosters open up on September 1. They took $1 because something had to go the other way in the transaction.

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