The Texas Rangers sold a relief pitcher to a division rival for $1

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is willing to make any deal that will help his team — no matter how small.

In one of the stranger trades of this season, the Rangers traded relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for $1, according to an Associated Press report. The Mariners sent Frieri to Triple-A Tacoma.

With three of Texas' biggest stars Cole Hamels, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo set to make $18 million or more this year, it's safe to say that this deal was a pure giveaway.

Frieri, who also pitched in the Yankees' minor league system in 2017, signed with the Rangers in early June and was called up to the major leagues later that month. He saw uninspiring results, putting up a 5.14 ERA and five strikeouts in six appearances before returning to Triple-A in early July.

But the 32-year-old Frieri used to be capable of more than that. He spent four seasons as one of the league's better right-handed relievers, posting a 2.79 ERA and 12.3 K/9 for the Padres and Angels between 2010 and 2013.

This isn't the first time the Mariners have paid a dollar for bullpen insurance. In April 2015, the team made a similar deal with the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Tony Zych.

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The value of each MLB team: 2017
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The value of each MLB team: 2017

30. Tampa Bay Rays

2017 value: $825 million
Growth from last year: 27%

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29. Oakland Athletics

2017 value: $880 million
Growth from last year: 21%

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Cincinnati Reds

2017 value: $915 million
Growth from last year: 1%

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

27. Cleveland Indians

2017 value: $920 million
Growth from last year: 15%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

26. Milwaukee Brewers

2017 value: $925 million
Growth from last year: 6%

(Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

25. Miami Marlins

2017 value: $940 million
Growth from last year: 39%

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

24. Kansas City Royals

2017 value: $950 million
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​10%

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

23. Colorado Rockies

2017 value: $1 billion
Growth from last year: 16% 

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

22. Minnesota Twins

2017 value: $1.03 billion
Growth from last year: 13%

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

21. San Diego Padres

2017 value: $1.13 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​26%

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

20. Arizona Diamondbacks

2017 value: $1.15 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​24%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

19. Baltimore Orioles

2017 value: $1.18 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​18%

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

18. Detroit Tigers

2017 value: $1.2 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​4%

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

2017 value: $1.25 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​28%

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16. Toronto Blue Jays

2017 value: $1.3 billion
Growth from last year: 44%

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

16. Chicago White Sox

2017 value: $1.35 billion
Growth from last year: 29%

(Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

14. Seattle Mariners

2017 value: $1.4 billion
Growth from last year: 17%

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

13. Houston Astros

2017 value: $1.45 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​32%

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

12. Atlanta Braves

2017 value: $1.5 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​28%

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

11. Texas Rangers

2017 value: $1.55 billion
Growth from last year: 27%

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10. Washington Nationals

2017 value: $1.6 billion
Growth from last year: 23%​​​​​​​

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

9. Philadelphia Phillies

2017 value: $1.65 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​34%

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2017 value: $1.75 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​31%

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

7. St. Louis Cardinals

2017 value: $1.8 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​12%

(Photo by Scott Kane/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

6. New York Mets

2017 value: $2 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​21%

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

5. San Francisco Giants

2017 value: $2.65 billion
Growth from last year: 18%

(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

4. Chicago Cubs

2017 value: $2.68 billion
Growth from last year: 22%

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3. Boston Red Sox

2017 value: $2.7 billion
Growth from last year: 17%

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 value: $2.75 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​10%

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

1. New York Yankees

2017 value: $3.7 billion
Growth from last year: ​​​​​​​9%

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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