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.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.
Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.
He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.
Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.
“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”