The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal on Wednesday, the team announced.
Frieri has a realistic shot to close for the Rays, but nothing is set in stone as of now. He owns a career strikeout rate of 12.0, but also has a 4.2 walk rate that is downright ugly. The veteran reliever shows signs of being an elite closer, but then seems to implode at the snap of a finger. Over the past two years, Tampa Bay has seen success (Fernando Rodney) and failure (Grant Balfour) with relievers looking for a fresh start, so it is truly anyone's guess as to how Frieri will do next season.
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