Bleacher Report The Seattle Mariners didn’t exactly break the bank Tuesday when they acquired right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri.According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the Texas Rangers sold him to their American League West rivals for $1. Texas previously signed him as a minor league free agent on June 15, but he struggled with a 5.14 ERA in six relief appearances for the Rangers.As a result, he was assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock on July 7.Frieri has also pitched for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays throughout his career and impressed from 2010 through 2012. He finished the 2010 campaign with a 1.71 ERA, the 2011 season with a 2.71 ERA and the 2012 season with a 2.32 ERA.
If you’re in the majors playing ball when there’s so many out there who never get close to that level and you get sold to a team for a cool Washington, do you get that mad about it? I’d like to think that you wouldn’t but who knows, maybe it becomes a pride thing. I’m guessing when you get called to the office of the general manager or when Peter Brand needs to work out his breaking the bad news skills on you, you think that you’re getting traded for some other prospects or a nice chunk of change. Not the cost of a McChicken.
Maybe the GM of the Mariners is some kind of master negotiator where he can convince other GMs to do all types of things. Loves the Art of the Deal.
I also wonder what costs more; Ernesto’s autograph or Ernesto himself? I can’t find what an Ernesto Frieri autograph cost so I’ll just be a nice guy and say that his autograph cost as much as a Big Mac. I think Ernesto would appreciate that.