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Jason Grilli | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Seton Hall
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (4) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Grilli struck out the only two batters he faced to earn the save Thursday against the Rays.
With runners on second and third and one out, Grilli entered in a four-run game and actually allowed one run to score on a wild pitch before ending the threat. The right-hander punched out Logan Morrison and Rickie Weeks Jr. to finish it. Grilli is closing games with Roberto Osuna out, but assuming Osuna returns next week, the 40-year-old will then return to a setup role with the Jays. Apr 7 - 12:19 AM

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Jason Grilli served up a walkoff home run to Mark Trumbo on Opening Day in Baltimore.

Grilli got away with a hanging slider to Trumbo just before the O's slugger deposited a similar-looking pitch into the left field seats at Camden Yards. The home run broke a 2-2 tie and saddled Grilli with the loss. He's the presumptive fill-in at closer with Roberto Osuna nursing a neck injury, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons figures to try a few different looks in high-leverage spots over the next week-plus. Especially after today.
Apr 3 - 7:02 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Jason Grilli the "ideal guy" to fill in at closer while Roberto Osuna (neck) is sidelined.

It's not a big surprise given Grilli's experience. Gibbons mentioned that Joe Biagini is also a candidate, so they'll likely mix and match for now. The hope is that Osuna could be activated from the disabled list when he's first eligible.
Apr 3 - 12:40 PM

Blue Jays exercised their $3 million club option on RHP Jason Grilli.

The veteran right-hander did a nice job down the stretch for the Blue Jays, posting a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. The 39-year-old will continue to work in a setup capacity in front of closer Roberto Osuna.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 07:13:00 PM

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the team is planning to exercise Jason Grilli's $3 million option for 2017.

Grilli finished strong with Toronto in 2016, posting a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 58/19 K/BB ratio over his final 42 regular-season innings before delivering 3 2/3 scoreless frames in the playoffs. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 years old in November.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Jason Grilli was called on to get a rare save, his fourth of the season, in Tuesday's win over the Astros.

With closer Roberto Osuna having pitched in back-to-back games, Jays manager John Gibbons went with Grilli to close out the 2-1 victory. Grilli obliged, getting a strikeout in a clean inning of work. The Jays got the 39-year-old for a song in late May and he's been stellar for them, posting a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of work while making Drew Storen expendable. Grilli should continue to serve in a setup role, netting the occasional save chance in the process, moving forward.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Jason Grilli will function as the team's primary setup man.

He has surpassed Drew Storen who has struggled in his eighth inning role. Roberto Osuna is unavailable on Saturday, so if a save situation arises against the Orioles, it'll be Grilli getting the ball. He's worth an add as a handcuff for Osuna owners, and in deeper mixed leagues on those speculating on saves.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Jason Grilli from the Braves for RHP Sean Ratcliffe.

Grilli has posted an ugly 5.29 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season, but the Blue Jays apparently believe he has something left in the tank. The 39-year-old right-hander will presumably join up with the Jays on Wednesday in Toronto. He figures to pitch in low-leverage situations initially.
Tue, May 31, 2016 06:53:00 PM

According to's Mark Bowman, the Braves are finalizing a trade that will send veteran reliever Jason Grilli to the Blue Jays.

It sounds like the negotiations could be wrapped up at some point Tuesday night. Grilli was sporting a rough 5.29 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 23/13 K/BB ratio through 17 innings this season out of the Atlanta bullpen. This is his age-39 campaign. Atlanta will get minor league right-hander Sean Ratcliffe in return, per Robert Murray of
Tue, May 31, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Jason Grilli allowed a hit and a walk but struck out three batters to earn the save Saturday against the Marlins.

Grilli certainly didn't make it easy on himself, giving up a single to Dee Gordon and walking Christian Yelich with two outs to bring up Giancarlo Stanton as the winning run. But Grilli fanned Stanton to end the threat and the game. He pitched the ninth with Arodys Vizcaino unavailable, but Vizcaino will likely get the lion's share of the save chances when able.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 10:32:00 PM

Jason Grilli blew his first save chance of the season Monday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Nationals.

After former closer Arodys Vizcaino struck out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning, Grilli started off the ninth with a leadoff walk and then yielded a single and a bunt hit. He struck out Stephen Drew but then allowed a game-tying sac fly to blow the save (although A.J. Pierzynski deserves some blame for booting a great throw from Ender Inciarte). Grilli simply isn't as good as Vizcaino and there's a good chance he'll be out of the ninth-inning job before long.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 08:01:00 PM

Jason Grilli blew the Braves' 1-0 lead by giving up a run in the seventh Friday against the Astros.

Grilli has given up three runs in three innings since returning from his ruptured Achilles' tendon. If he pitches well next week, he still figures to open the season as Atlanta's closer. If not, then perhaps the door will open for Arodys Vizcaino.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Jason Grilli made his spring debut Thursday and gave up two runs versus the Astros.

Danny Worth hit a two-run homer off him. Grilli is making his way back from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He's expected to open up as the Braves' closer if the next two weeks go well.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Jason Grilli (Achilles) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.

The Braves have brought Grilli along slowly this spring as he makes his way back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, but he made it through recent simulated games without incident. If the 39-year-old can prove his health and effectiveness, he should have a good chance to reclaim the closer role. Arodys Vizcaino would be the alternative if he isn't ready.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Jason Grilli (Achilles) could make his Grapefruit League debut as soon as Monday.

Working his way back from an Achilles injury, Grilli will throw a simulated game on Friday. The veteran reliever is aiming to be ready for Opening Day and also to serve as the Braves' closer, although the Braves could stick with Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth inning.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 09:23:00 AM

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3B1Josh Donaldson
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LF1Steve Pearce
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2Aaron Sanchez
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4J.A. Happ
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2Jason Grilli
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5Aaron Loup
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