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Ring around the relievers 

To describe the past week as an eventful one for the Friars bullpen bunch would qualify as an extreme understatement. The Padres welcomed two new faces to their relief corps while saying goodbye to two others; one of those presumably for good. WBrach8ith the club dealing RH reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels and closer Huston Street hitting the DL with a strained lat muscle, the Friars called up a pair of right-handers in Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas. Here are some thoughts on losing Frieri and Street.

Frieri Trade

The Padres have had little difficulty finding and developing quality relief arms of late. Frieri was originally signed as an amateur free agent and made his debut in the Padres organization way back in 2004 as an 18-year-old. He profiles as an extreme fly ball pitcher (23.7% career ground ball rate) who has averaged an impressive 11.52 K/9 in 109.1 big league innings. He



About the author: Glen Miller

Life-long baseball and Padres fan who attended his first Friar games way back in 1983. I've been a contributor on Friarhood for more than two years and enjoy talking baseball with the knowledgeable fans that frequent the site. Prior to my beginning here I owned and operated my own San Diego sports site while writing for several other sites focusing specifically on hockey. When not watching, reading or writing about sports I might be sleeping or perhaps spending time with my family since I have few other hobbies. I did recently try my hand at golf and am a pretty good pool player to boot.