Pirates release Ernesto Frieri


Ernesto Frieri accepted a demotion to Triple-A after being designated for assignment last month, but now the Pirates have released the 28-year-old reliever.

Frieri came into this season with a lifetime 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings, including 37 saves as the Angels’ closer last year, but he was quickly stripped of ninth-inning duties and then traded to the Pirates for Jason Grilli in a change-of-scenery swap.

It worked for Grilli, who has a 2.28 ERA for the Angels, but Frieri was even worse for the Pirates and has a 7.34 ERA overall this season.

Based on his secondary numbers Frieri seems like a strong bounceback candidate for 2015, but it’ll be interesting to see if any teams are willing to offer him more than an incentive-laden one-year deal as a free agent.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.