Now that it’s June 1, reliever Ernesto Frieri could have opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees, but he’s chosen to remain with the team at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Frieri, 31, has a 3.00 ERA with a 24/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings at Triple-A this season. He hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2015 with the Rays.
Frieri will continue to serve as minor league depth for the Yankees. The Yankees’ bullpen, though, has been excellent so it’ll likely take an injury or two for the right-hander to get the call.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.