Ernesto Frieri decides against opting out of contract with Yankees

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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.