Tired of Ernesto Frieri blowing saves? Fret no more!
#Angels have acquired Jason Grilli from Pirates for Ernesto Frieri.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 27, 2014
That’s right, the Angels traded their disaster of a closer to the Pirates for their disaster of a closer in a classic example of a challenge trade. Chalk this one up to Dipoto taking away toys from Scioscia so that he can’t make trouble anymore.
Don’t mistake Grilli for a savior though. He is basically Frieri but much older as he is an extreme flyball pitcher who has struggled mightily with increased walk and homer rates this year. It is hard to see how coming from the NL to the AL is going to fix that.
Really, the nicest thing I can say about this trade is that it reminds me of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, only now these deck chairs are older and won’t have to be non-tendered this off-season.