Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:49:12 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri plans on developing his slider to keep opposing hitters from sitting on his fastball, which he relied heavily on in the last two seasons. "I have to show the hitter it's not just the fastball anymore," Frieri said. "I have a secondary pitch that I can throw in any count. I threw the changeup too. Now I can throw the slider or changeup when they're looking for the fastball."
Fantasy Tip: This is real good news for Frieri's owners. He had discussed refining his slider and changeup this spring, and to see concrete results already early in the year is encouraging.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:26:28 -0700
While it could be subject to change, the bullpen pecking order for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim appears to be RP Ernesto Frieri as closer, with RPs Fernando Salas and Joe Smith in a setup role. RPs Kevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn and Nick Maronde will work in the middle innings.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:22:27 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri will have his outings limited to one inning this year, according to manager Mike Scioscia. "I think he'll maintain his stuff better and maybe be more effective," said the skipper, who expects his setup men and corps of relievers in general to be better this year. Frieri recorded seven saves of at least four outs in 2013. No other pitcher notched more than four.
Fantasy Tip: This is good news for Frieri owners, because his 2013 usage certainly didn't help his cause to reach a sub-4.00 ERA. Folks should hope that the Halos are right about their improved bullpen, though, because it sounds as if Scioscia is still willing to utilize Frieri for more than three outs if necessary.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:34:46 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri is very proud of his changeup this spring. "I have a nasty changeup that nobody's going to touch," Frieri said with a big smile. "You'll see." He threw 88 percent fastballs last year, 10 percent cutters and just two percent changeups. Frieri said he feels much more confident in his changeup this spring.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:40:49 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Brandon Lyon (Red Sox) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Feb. 10.
Fantasy Tip: Lyon is probably a long shot to be the fallback option in the ninth inning if Ernesto Frieri falters at some point.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:09:14 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry DiPoto told media the team is not looking for relief pitchers who have closing experience. Sources believe the team is set with RP Joe Smith as a setup guy and CL Ernesto Frieri as the main stopper.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:11:38 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with RP Ernesto Frieri Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million deal.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:50:30 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday, Nov. 22, in a radio interview that RP Ernesto Frieri will be the team's closer in 2014.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:54:02 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RPs Ernesto Frieri and Dane De La Rosa will split the closer duties for the time being, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Frieri tossed two scoreless innings Saturday, Aug. 17, and hasn't given up a run in his last three appearances, but Scioscia isn't ready to install him back in the role. De La Rosa has a team-high 56 appearances and has one save in four chances.
Fantasy Tip: Both pitchers deserved to be owned in all formats if you're chasing saves at this late juncture. Frieri, if he continues to pitch well, could get the gig back exclusively. Until that happens, though, De La Rosa will see opps.
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:10:02 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri has temporarily lost his closer job and will be used in low-pressure situations for now.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Dane De La Rosa will get the first chance to close games out, but Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn could also receive opportunities. De La Rosa should be an option for mixed league owners looking for saves. Jepsen and Kohn should be targeted in AL-only leagues and some mixed leagues if an owner is desperate, but they may not be good pickups because Frieri could regain the job at some point.