Rays Sign Ernesto Frieri | The Process Report

Rays Sign Ernesto Frieri

The Rays have signed right-handed reliever Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

Frieri, formerly of the Pirates, is an experienced late-inning pitcher with an odd profile. He’s highly reliant upon his mid-90s fastball that doesn’t feature much horizontal movement, but that plays up due to his delivery’s deception and tempo. Frieri locates the pitch for the most part, though he is prone to giving up the long ball, and likes to elevate it late in counts as a way to end sequences—part of that is by necessity, however, since he lacks a standout secondary offering. (It’s also worth noting, for posterity’s sake, that he’s been consistently better against lefties than righties the past few seasons.)

Just how the Rays intend to use Frieri is unclear at this point, but he figures to take some of Joel Peralta’s late-inning reps if all goes well.

As a corresponding move, the Rays designated Sean Rodriguez for assignment. He should be traded in the coming days.

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