Ernesto Frieri went from being the Angels’ closer to being designated for assignment by the Pirates in less than two months and now he’s passed through waivers unclaimed, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Frieri is only owed about $1 million for the remainder of this season, which isn’t a ton if some team wanted him as a reclamation project, but the problem is that his overall salary is $3.8 million and he’d be in line for similar money next year via the arbitration process. So to claim him with the intention to keep him for next season a team would have to think Frieri was worth $4 million or so in 2015.
Coming into this season that probably would have been a no-brainer, as Frieri had a career 2.76 ERA with 315 strikeouts in 231 innings. But he’s been a mess this season for two teams, posting a 7.34 ERA with 11 homers allowed in 42 innings. He’ll likely be non-tendered by the Pirates this offseason.
Update (5:04 PM EST): The White Sox will receive pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning from the Nationals, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. MLB Pipeline rated them No. 1, 3, and 6 in the Nationals’ minor league system.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are close to acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox. He notes that outfielder Victor Robles, the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is not included in the deal.
Eaton, 28, is signed to a very team-friendly contract. He’ll earn $4 million in 2017, $6 million in ’18, and $8.4 million in ’19. His controlling team then has a club option worth $9.5 million in 2020 with a $1.5 million buyout and a $10.5 million club option in ’21 with a $1.5 million buyout.
This past season, Eaton was worth 3.9 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference after playing significantly above-average defense while batting .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 706 plate appearances.
If the deal goes through, the Nationals would move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop. Meanwhile, the White Sox continue their teardown after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have signed veteran catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Ellis, 35, began the 2016 season with the Dodgers but went to the Phillies in the Carlos Ruiz trade near the end of August. Overall, he hit .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances.
Ellis will back up J.T. Realmuto behind the dish.