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Ex-Yankees pitcher gets sold for $1 in twist to weird year

It has been a roller-coaster MLB journey for pitcher Ernesto Frieri — one that took another surprising turn earlier this week.

The right-hander first joined the Yankees in March — and pitched well in Triple-A, though did not get a sniff of the big leagues. In June he opted out, and caught on with the Rangers, where he volleyed between the majors and minors. Until he was sold from Texas to the Mariners on Tuesday for the steep price of $1. Seattle has since assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

In six relief appearances with Texas this year, Frieri, 32, posted a 5.14 ERA, giving up four runs in seven innings.

Since signing his first big league deal in 2003, Frieri has been with eight different organizations: the Padres, Angels, Pirates, Rays, Phillies, Yankees, Rangers and now the Mariners. His most successful stint came with the Padres in 2010, when Frieri finished with a 1.71 ERA in 33 games. He followed that up with a 2.71 ERA in 2011 and a 2.32 in 2012.

The Mariners are hoping Frieri can return to that form, or at least close to it. Manager Scott Servais, who had worked with Frieri in Los Angeles, likes his experience.

“Good guy, somebody with major league experience that if we do start circulating guys up and down then he’s a guy that’s been there before that you can count on,” Servais said.

For $1, the potential (albeit far-fetched) reward is probably worth the risk.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/09/ex-yankees-pitcher-gets-sold-for-1-in-twist-to-weird-year/

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