According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ernesto Frieri has decided to exercise his opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the Yankees.
Ernesto Frieri opts out of yankees deal. He performed well in triple-a. Should have other options.
As of late last night, it appeared that the 31-year-old was going to elect to stay with the Yankees. However, Frieri decided to opt-out at the last minute, seeking to find an big league opportunity with another club.
Frieri struggled in 2014 and 2015, and elected to sit out the entire 2016 season. After pitching in winter ball in a comeback attempt, the 31-year-old signed with the Yankees.The right-hander spent the first part of the season with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, posting a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances.
Over his seven-year big league career, Frieri has posted a 3.55 ERA in 298 appearances. He has pitched for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.
With plenty of teams needing relief help, Frieri could very well find an opportunity to pitch again at the big league level. Although he’s been solid thus far, the Yankees just simply didn’t have room for him at the big league level.