Breaking News: Pirates, Angels exchange former closers: Grilli for Frieri

In an unusual and unexpected turn of events the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim exchanged former closers Friday. It was a straight up deal – player for player. Honestly, I have no idea what either club figures this will accomplish.

Both started the year out as closers and both were relocated to being simply “late-inning relievers.” Obviously that means that both have struggled this year. It seems a bit futile in my opinion. The only real difference is that Grilli is 37-years old and Frieri is only 28-olds so I GUESS one could say that Frieri has a better chance of turning it around?!?  There’s the fact too that Grilli could improve, although it seems unlikely this far into the season, as he was a first time All-Star last year.

There is also the issue of changing leagues; for Frieri the slim possibility of an at-bat and for both facing new batters who haven’t seen as much of their stuff …. but honestly those are the only real changes I see this trade making and I find it virtually pointless – unless you count up-rooting two players’ lives as having a point. Just saying …. 

Here are this years’ stats on the two pitchers and you can decide for yourself if you think this trade made any real sense ….

 

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Jason Grilli

  • Age: 37
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 235
  • 2014 ERA: 4.87
  • 2014 saves situation: 11 (4 blown)

 

 

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Ernesto Frieri

  • Age: 28
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 200 
  • 2014 ERA: 6.39
  • 2014 saves situation: 11 (3 blown)
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