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.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:32:34 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri is due a big bump in salary this offseason, the first in which he's arbitration-eligible. From May 23, 2012 -- the day he recorded his first career save -- through Wednesday, July 10, Frieri is tied for ninth in the majors in saves (45) and tied for eighth in save percentage (90.0). In that span, he's held batters to a .579 OPS while posting a 2.81 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He was working on a cutter and a changeup in spring training, but he's thrown fastballs 89.3 percent of the time this year, according to pitchF/X. Frieri said that he believes he's rediscovered an appropriate release point in the past few days.
Fantasy Tip: Frieri still has bouts of wildness, but his largely (and theoretically, since he really throws a four-seamer and a variation of a two-seamer) single-pitch repertoire is just deadly, as long as he's mechanically sound. The Halos have no reason to look elsewhere for a closer in the near future.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:43:38 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw from a bullpen mound three times in the past week and has been doing so once every three days. He next performs this task on Thursday, July 4. He aims to return to in-game rehab work in a couple of weeks.
Fantasy Tip: We're probably looking at a Madson return sometime in August if all goes well. It's looking far more unlikely that he'll challenge Ernesto Frieri for many, if any, save chances this year.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:29:32 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto said he has no idea when RP Ryan Madson (elbow) can return. "I have no idea. It's rehab. He's rehabbing from surgery. This is our exposure to Ryan Madson, three or four months of his rehabilitation. I don't know I could bet on any one of the thousands of players who have had Tommy John surgery to come back with 100 percent certainty to look like how they did before or contribute."
Fantasy Tip: Although Ernesto Frieri has struggled in save chances of late, the Halos really have no other late-inning options to go to with Madson's rehab from Tommy John surgery lingering. In mixed leagues, don't feel the need to hang onto Madson right now if you have other pressing needs.