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The Rays have signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, incentive-laden contract. To make room on the roster, the Rays have designated infielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

Frieri will get $800,000 guaranteed but could make up to $3.15 million with incentives according to Roger Mooney.

Those incentives are almost certainly based on the number of games finished, meaning Frieri has a shot to be the team’s closer and will be paid more if he closes out games.

Frieri saved 37 games for the Angels in 2013, but struggled in 2014 before being traded to the Pirates for Jason Grilli.

With the acquisition of Nick Franklin in the David Price trade, Rodriguez was expendable and had little chance of making next year’s opening day roster.

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  1. Mark Wolff says:

    I have always liked Sean Rodriguez. This team had too many versions of him on the roster, but if I am running another team I am trying very hard to sign him because I believe he is a very valuable asset to a team. Good Luck Sean.

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    • Dave L says:

      Agreed whole-heartedly.

      He was always the grit guy you need on the roster to do any job at any time at any position. Sean was the exact kind of guy I could never feel comfortable criticizing as a fan because of his attitude and effort.

      His one exemplary skill was that if he could guess right on a fastball and square it up he could unleash a swing with a batspeed equal to the best in MLB. It was rare but epic.

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  2. Matt says:

    Great signing by Silverman to bring in Frieri. He definitely had a rough year, but his first three seasons have been very successful. Very confident hickey can get him to revert back to his old self. Remember the last time we signed an ex-angels closer coming off a poor season? That guy went on to save 48 games for us with a 0.60 ERA in 2012.

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  3. TOM says:

    Finally is right, but have no fear baseball fans he'll end up with his buddy Maddon. Maybe the Rays are finally waking up. Look how long it took them to unload Upton & Molina. Was a little surprised that they left Figeroa go. Now if they could get rid of there great #1 pick Beckham who chose instead of Posey.

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    • monte says:

      You're right about Beckham. He does not hit for power, yet has 4 minor league seasons with more than 100 strike outs.

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