The Pirates have traded Jason Grilli to the Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri.
Hardball Talk "Big changes in Anaheim. Ernesto Frieri, who has spent most of the past three seasons as the Angels’ closer has been relieved of his duties. Mike Scioscia said that Joe Smith will now take over as the team’s closer. Frieri has been a train wreck in 2014. He has allowed nine runs on fourteen hits..." April 26
Los Angeles Times "It appears that Ernesto Frieri is no longer a one-pitch pitcher. The Angels closer started Corey Hart with a slider for a called strike and then struck out the Seattle slugger looking at a slider Wednesday night, part of a scoreless ninth inning that secured his first save and a 2-0 win over the..." April 10
#Angels have now agreed with Ernesto Frieri — $3.8M.
Hardball Talk "The Angels have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for free agent closers this winter, but the team isn’t planning on making any changes. Or at least that’s what they are saying right now. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was on MLB Network Radio on Sirius-XM yesterday and told host..." November 23
Los Angeles Times "The more Ernesto Frieri struggled in late July and early August the more he was consumed by fear not so much of losing his closer job which the Angels right-hander eventually did but of his ability to support his growing family. Frieri 28 is eligible for arbitration for the first time this..." September 06