Pirates Acquire Ernesto Frieri From Angels For Jason Grilli

By Jason Shetler

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In a move involving two struggling relievers, the Pirates have acquired Ernesto Frieri from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Jason Grilli, the Pirates announced in a press release. 

Frieri began the season as the Angels closer after converting 33 saves last season. He struggled mightily with a 6.39 ERA and posted a 1.36 WHIP. He had lost the closers job recently to Joe Smith. During his time with the Halos, Frieri had a 3.80 ERA along with a 1.16 WHIP and a 12.6 K/9 in 157 appearances. 

Grilli joined the Pirates midseason in 2011 and became the closer prior to the 2013 season. Just like Frieri this year, Grilli lost the closers role to Mark Melancon after putting up a 4.87 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. The 37-year-old Grilli posted a 3.01 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 168 appearances for the Bucs. 

The Pirates will have club control with Frieri, as he will be second time arbitration eligible this offseason. 

 

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Pirates Trade Adalberto Santos To Giants

By Jason Shetler 

The Pirates have traded utility man Adalberto Santos to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later, the team announced. 

Santos was drafted by the Pirates in 2010 as a 22nd round selection. Although he wasn’t considered a top tier prospect during his five seasons in the organization, he showed the ability to draw a ton of walks, which led to a .390 on base, and also displayed good basestealing skills with 84 stolen bases. This year was a struggle for him, as he batted just .186 along with a .490 OPS in 23 games for Indianapolis. Santos was left unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason and seemed like a decent candidate to be selected based on his skill set and that he can play multiple positions. 

Josh Bell To Represent Pirates In Future’s Game

By Jason Shetler

Outfielder Josh Bell will be representing the Pirates in this year’s Future’s Game, which will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Bell is having a very strong season for the Bradenton Marauders, as he’s batting .335 along with a .904 OPS in 70 games played. There’s a good chance Bell will be promoted to Altoona before this year is over.

 

 

Pirates Outright Jose Tabata To Indianapolis

By Jason Shetler

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The Pirates have announced that Jose Tabata has been given an outright assignment to Indianapolis, which of course makes him the corresponding move for Neil Walker, who was activated from the disabled list.

Tabata began the season in a right field platoon with Travis Snider. The 25-year-old Tabata was hitting .289, but didn’t show much production, as he posted a .658 OPS in 62 games played. Gregory Polanco was called up two weeks ago to become the Pirates everyday right fielder, and Walker had to become the corresponding move due to an appendectomy. Now with Walker back, the Pirates had to make a move on which extra outfielder would be let go. The decision to keep Snider over Tabata probably had to do with the lack of left-handed bats off the bench. The only lefty bat they have is Ike Davis on days that Gaby Sanchez starts against a left-hander.

Tabata does have enough Major League service time to where he can refuse the outright assignment and opt to become a free agent.

 

 

 

Pirates Trade Daniel Schlereth To Tigers

By Jason Shetler

According to John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, the Detroit Tigers have acquired reliever Daniel Schlereth from the Pirates, and have assigned him to AAA Toledo.

The former first round selection in 2008 inked a minor league deal with the Pirates this past offseason. He made 21 appearances for Indianapolis, and struggled to a 7.23 ERA. While he did show good strikeout ability (8.7 K/9), his control remained bad, as he issued the same amount of walks as innings pitched. Schlereth returns to the Tigers organization after spending parts of three seasons in their bullpen (2010-2012) where he posted a 3.98 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 73 appearances.

The Pirates will most likely receive cash in the deal.

 

Pirates Release Cody Eppley

By Jason Shetler

According to an Indianapolis Indians press release, the Pirates have released reliever Cody Eppley.

Eppley signed with the Bucs on a minor league deal over the offseason, and was considered a long shot to make the bullpen. The sidearm right-hander made 13 appearances for Indianapolis, posting a 6.43 ERA along with an extremely high 2.07 WHIP. Eppley’s control problems continued, as he walked batters at a 5.8 ratio.