The Seattle Mariners needed pitching help. They didn’t have to spend a lot to get it.
The Mariners bought the rights to right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the American League West rival Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The price? $1.
Frieri, 32, made six appearances out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season, going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. He was playing with Texas’ Triple-A team in Round Rock when the deal with Seattle was struck.
Overall, Frieri has played for four teams since making his major league debut in 2009 and has a career record of 11-14 with 73 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 304 games.
The Dallas Morning News says the $1 fee is common when veterans in the minors have a shot to reach the majors with another organization. Still, that didn’t stop Twitter users from cashing in on a chance to have fun with the news.