Milwaukee Brewers: Crew Reportedly Sign Reliever Ernesto Frieri

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 02: Relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 02: Relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri /

The Milwaukee Brewers reportedly add another reliever on a minor league deal.

News broke on Twitter by Mark Feinsand, Ernesto Frieri came to terms with the Milwaukee Brewers. Though it is a MiLB deal, there is an invitation to camp. The 32 year old has logged eight seasons in the MLB to this point in his career. He pitched in six games for Texas last season after not seeing MLB time in 2016.

Another relif signing for the Crew. There is a clear desire to bolster the potential bullpen by quantity of arms. Some of these arms are solid and some are past their prime and trying to hold on. But regardless, there are a lot of these minor league moves being made. Frieri once was a great pitcher, however he fell of a little bit.

Last season he surrendered four runs in seven innings and his FIP stood at 4.30. It is doubtful he will emerge from camp and make the Milwaukee Brewers roster, but he will get that shot. What is great about these reliever signings is that they are low risk and high reward. If Frieri turns out to find his sub three ERA form once again, then this move becomes complete genius. Conversely, if he posts a mark over seven in Triple A, it is only a minor league deal.

That sub three ERA form is about six years removed. His 2.32 in 2012 turned into a 3.80 in 2013 and he never found the form again. In fact, things just got worse and worse. But like I said before, these kinds of signings can pay big dividends when all is said and done.

The biggest need is still at the top of the rotation. However, with how slow the start to the offseason was, any movement is exciting. Hopefully in the coming days we figure out if there is an ace, or starting second baseman, on the horizon.

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A move is move, and the Milwaukee Brewers are moving on a lot of MiLB bullpen help. The way things are going, Frieri will not be the last of these moves, just the latest.