The Mariners have acquired reliever Ernesto Frieri from the Rangers in a minor league trade, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. It’s not yet known what the Rangers will receive, but it will likely be cash. (Update: It was for $1. The Rangers must’ve wanted to get a cheeseburger off the dollar menu.)
Frieri, 32, pitched seven innings in the majors for the Rangers this season, giving up four runs on six hits and six walks with five strikeouts. In 27 1/3 innings in the minors this year, he has an aggregate 2.63 ERA.
Divish notes that Frieri will likely be used to fill out the depleted bullpen at Triple-A Tacoma.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: