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Ernesto Frieri accepts Pirates' outright assignment

Christian Petersen

The Pirates have outrighted Ernesto Frieri, and he has accepted that assignment, so he'll head to Indianapolis. This is no surprise -- it wasn't likely anyone would want to pay the remainder of his $3.8 million salary for this season. The Pirates will surely non-tender him after the season is over, but it would be nice if they were able to sign him to a minor league deal. Like I've said before, it wouldn't surprise me if he returned to being an effective big-league pitcher at some point. (Would you believe me if I told you his SIERA for the entire 2014 season was 2.97? No? Then I won't.)

In any case, Frieri is likely done playing for the 2014 Pirates. He finishes with 12 runs allowed, 10 strikeouts and five walks in 10 2/3 innings. His peripherals with the Pirates weren't good at all, but they were much better than his ERA indicated. He clearly does have mechanical issues, but I remain convinced there was some bad luck in there too.