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Angels Upgrade Bullpen, Acquire Ernesto Frieri From Padres

Apr 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri (39) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at PETCO Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri (39) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

According to several reports, the Los Angeles Angels completed a trade on Thursday night to acquire relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri from the San Diego Padres.

The Angels sent two minor-leaguers to the Padres, Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach, in exchange for Frieri. The Padres made the move to strengthen its middle infield. Amarista is currently playing in Triple-A, but is close to the majors according to comments made by Padres GM Josh Byrnes.

Frieri, a right-hander, has a 2.31 ERA in eleven appearances for the Padres. He is currently in his third season in the majors. He has a career ERA of 2.33 and a WHIP of 1.25. Frieri is expected to join the team on Friday for the team's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Angels hope the three-year veteran can improve its bullpen. Jordan Walden started the season as the Angels' closer, but was demoted after allowing four runs in seven appearances.

For more analysis on the trade, check out SB Nation's Angels blog Halos Heaven. To get the Padres take on the trade, head over to Gaslamp Ball.