Angels acquire Ernesto Frieri from San Diego

ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels Thursday acquired right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league infielder Alexi Amarista and minor league right-handed pitcher Donn Roach.  Today’s transaction was announced by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

Frieri, pronounced “free-AIR-ee”, 26, has appeared in 11 games for the Padres this season, posting a 1-0 record and a 2.31 (11.2 IP - 3 ER) ERA.  At the time of the transaction, the right-hander’s 18 strikeouts were leading the Padres’ bullpen while his 11 appearances were tied for second most by a San Diego reliever.  In parts of four big league seasons with San Diego, the Colombia native owns a 3-3 record with a 2.33 ERA (108.1 IP – 28 ER) and 137 strikeouts. 

“We are excited to bring Ernesto on board,” said Dipoto.  “He has proven to be a solid performer during his young career and we look forward to him being an effective part of our bullpen.”

Amarista, 23, made his Major League debut in 2011, batting .154 (8/52) with three doubles, one triple and an RBI in 23 games with the Angels.  The Barcelona, VZ native has played in 18 games at Salt Lake this season, compiling a .273 average (21/77) with six doubles, two triples and 12 RBI.  In six professional seasons, Amarista has registered a .313 batting average (599/1915) with 116 doubles, 35 triples, 20 home runs, 117 stolen bases and 239 RBI.

Roach, 22, was drafted by the Angels in the third round of the 2010 draft.  In his first six starts this season at Inland Empire, Roach has compiled a 5-0 record with a 2.16 ERA (41.2 IP – 10 ER). The Las Vegas, NV native has compiled a 14-6 career record with two saves and a 3.97 ERA (165.2 IP – 73 ER) in 67 career appearances, 16 starts.