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Angels Trade Ernesto Frieri to Pirates for Jason Grilli

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates have swapped "closers." The Angels will send Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Jason Grilli. Frieri has spend the last 3 seasons with Angels, saving 71 games in 81 chances. His 6.39 ERA this season has blown his Angels career ERA up to 3.80, which was his ERA last season when he saved 37 games. Grilli, who is 37 years old, has spent the last 4 seasons with Pirates, converting 47 of 56 save opportunities. in 22 appearances this season, Grilli owns a 4.87 ERA, raising his career ERA as a Buc to 3.01.

Mark Melancon will continue to close for the Pirates while Joe Smith currently owns the job for the Angels.