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What’s $1 worth these days? For the Seattle Mariners, it got them a relief pitcher

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri was sold to the Seattle Mariners for $1 on Tuesday.
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri was sold to the Seattle Mariners for $1 on Tuesday. The Associated Press

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.

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