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Angels acquire Jason Grilli from Pirates for Ernesto Frieri
Angels acquire Jason Grilli from Pirates for Ernesto Frieri

The Angels swapped their demoted closer for another on Friday, acquiring Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ernesto Frieri. Grilli, 38, was a first-time All-Star last season, but he has a 4.87 earned-run average this season. He has blown four of 15 saves this season and lost his job as closer last week. In his last six appearances, he has given up six runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he is not through working on trades to improve the bullpen. The Angels would like to add a veteran late-inning reliever, ideally a left-handed one, and they might still need a closer. "This is a step," Dipoto said. "I'd be surprised...

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