Yankees add Ernesto Frieri to Spring roster


A day after Ernesto Frieri worked out with the New York Yankees at their Major League camp, Joe Girardi announced Frieri has been officially added to the Spring roster.

Previously, Frieri pitched in the World Baseball Classic where he went two scoreless innings for Team Columbia.

“This is a guy that saved a lot of games,” Girardi said on Wednesday night. “He pitched well in the WBC. Some of our people saw him and he’s going to get an opportunity here.”

In a Major League setting, Frieri last pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. In 2013, Frieri was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s closer, notching 37 saves in the ninth inning.

If Frieri does make the team, it wouldn’t be as the Yankees closer. The Yankees previously re-signed Aroldis Chapman to a five-year, $85 Million contract over the winter.

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5 Responses to Yankees add Ernesto Frieri to Spring roster

  1. Jim says:

    Pitching Depth. Cashman & Girardi always do this and it helps every season.

    • It is kind of incredible how the Yankees have basically had a very strong bullpen every single year under Girardi/Cashman. You'd have to go back to the Joe Torre days to find an actual mediocre bullpen.

      • YankeezFan says:

        Wow, way to throw Torre under the bus. During Torre's tenure the Yankees never spent millions to fill in their bullpen like they did in the
        Girardi era. I guess not winning any championships for the last 7 years gets trumped by having a overpriced bullpen, and calling that great managing.

  2. Howard says:

    Would you rather have had Johnny Barbato???
    Fortunately sent down hopefully never to be seen from again…lol…j/k

    I think this is a great pick up, it won't cost us a prospect and he is on a minor league deal.

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