KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Los Angeles Angels hope the Jason Grilli they’re getting from the Pittsburgh Pirates is the dominant version of last year rather than the struggling one of this year.
The Pirates feel the same way about Ernesto Frieri.
The Angels and Pirates made a swap of the relievers Friday night, each team optimistic that a change of scenery will be enough to allow their new arms to revert to their old ways.
Grilli, 37, has struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 earned-run average and 11 saves in 22 appearances. But he was pivotal to the Pirates’ resurgence last year, when he piled up 33 saves and had a 2.70 ERA in helping the club to a 94-68 record.
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Grilli is expected to join the Angels in Kansas City on Saturday.
Frieri, 28, had a career-best 37 saves for the Angels last year, but the right-hander is just 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA and 11 saves in 34 appearances this season.
• The Cincinnati Reds signed right-handed Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias, 24, to a seven-year contract. Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $27 million.
• Right-hander Yohan Pino was recalled by the Minnesota Twins, only a day after getting sent down to Class AAA Rochester, after shortstop/center fielder Danny Santana went on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left knee.
• New York Mets third baseman David Wright was scratched from the lineup because of a sore left shoulder that he said has been nagging him for three weeks.
• The Philadelphia Phillies placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the seven-day disabled list because of concussion-like symptoms.