The New York Yankees have reportedly worked out former closer Ernesto Frieri which could lead to a minor league deal.
Curry mentioned that Frieri, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 24, 2015, as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, was in the clubhouse in Tampa and the next news to expect is the signing of a minor league deal — although nothing is confirmed as of yet.
Frieri, 31, spent seven seasons from 2009-15 with the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and Rays. The righty owns 73 career saves and in 2013, he recorded 37 which was good enough for seventh-most in the American League.
Over his entire career, Frieri owns a 3.55 ERA over 296.3 innings of work while striking out 382 (11.6 K/9 rate). Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman will obviously round out the back-end of the Yankees‘ bullpen, but a low-risk minor league deal to someone who could help bridge the gap is only a positive.
Frieri worked out for Yankees today. Girardi noted that he has been a closer in his career. Had 37 saves for Angels in 2013.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 16, 2017
Frieri himself stated that he hopes to officially sign with New York on Thursday.