MLB notes: Pirates, Angels swap late-inning relievers

Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli is heading to Los Angeles after a trade with the Angels on...

Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli is heading to Los Angeles after a trade with the Angels on Friday, June 27, 2014. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels swapped late-inning relievers Friday, with Jason Grilli going to the Angels and Ernesto Frieri to the Pirates.

The 37-year-old Grilli lost the closer’s job with the Pirates to Mark Melancon this season after posting an 0-2 record with 11 saves, four blown chances and a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. Grilli, a National League all-star last year, missed a month of this season with a strained left oblique before returning May 23.

“We are appreciative of all that Jason has done for the Pirates and in our community,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “We believe that adding Ernesto Frieri was a good move for our bullpen. He has been an effective late-inning reliever who, despite his struggles to date this season, has solid indicators that cause us to believe he will be a quality addition to our bullpen this season and potentially beyond.


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