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Jason Grilli | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Seton Hall
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Braves signed RHP Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017.
The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and has now been made official. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. The 38-year-old reliever should serve as the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel. Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:50:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves will sign Jason Grilli.

Rosenthal says it's a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman adds that Grilli will receive around $8 million. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season, pitching better down the stretch for the Halos after arriving via trade. The veteran reliever will help set up for Craig Kimbrel.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 07:56:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, multiple teams remain interested in Jason Grilli.

Cotillo says nothing is close despite the interest. Grilli struggled in 2014, falling out of the closer role for the Pirates and eventually getting dealt to the Angels. He seemed to figure something out after the trade, though, posting a 3.48 ERA and 36/10 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings with the Halos, and he could fill a high-leverage role for a team. Grilli recently turned 38 years old.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 04:17:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Braves have shown interest in Jason Grilli.

He would obviously be used in a setup role ahead of closer Craig Kimbrel. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. He turned 38 last month.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:06:00 PM

WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees have internally discussed Jason Grilli as a possible bullpen target.

Grilli would be a backup option if they're not able to re-sign Robertson, as he could set up and Dellin Betances could slide into the closer role. The 38-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 02:03:00 PM

Jason Grilli earned his first save as an Angel, cutting through the Red Sox in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Thursday's win.

Closer Huston Street had pitched in four of the last five games, so Grilli was called on to help give his teammate a night of rest. Since joining the Angels, Grilli has seven holds and is 1-for-2 in save chances with a 2.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 23/5 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:25:00 PM

Angels acquired RHP Jason Grilli in exchange for RHP Ernesto Frieri.

It's a swap of struggling right-handed relievers who were recently demoted from their respective closer's roles. The change of scenery should be a welcomed change for each hurler, though they are each likely to begin in setup roles with their new ballclubs. Should Grilli pitch well in his first few outings, it's conceivable that he could work his way into the mix for save chances.
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Fri, Jun 27, 2014 06:51:00 PM

Jason Grilli has been removed from the Pirates' closer role.

Manager Clint Hurdle indicated Thursday that Grilli might be on thin ice, and he's now officially decided to make a change. The 37-year-old has allowed five runs on eight hits and five walks over his last 6 2/3 innings of work, pushing his ERA up to 4.34. Mark Melancon will take over as the Pirates' primary closer, though Tony Watson could also receive the occasional save chance. Hurdle noted that the change isn't intended to be permanent, so Grilli could eventually work his way back into the ninth inning.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Thursday that Jason Grilli's status as the closer will be evaluated.

Hurdle didn't say that Grilli was being removed from the role, but he didn't offer a strong defense either. The 37-year-old hasn't been nearly as dominant this season and has allowed five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and five walks over 6 2/3 innings of work, so it might be time to give him a break, at least for a little while. Mark Melancon is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Jason Grilli gave up a solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning Thursday to blow a save against the Reds.

While it was his first blown save since way back on April 20, Grilli simply hasn't looked right this month. He has allowed five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and five walks over 6 2/3 innings of work. Mark Melancon continues to pitch well and filled in admirably as the closer earlier this year, so Grilli could soon find himself on the hot seat in Pittsburgh.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Jason Grilli fell to 0-2 after allowing a tie-breaking solo home run in the top of the ninth in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Grilli was victimized by Todd Frazier, who took him out to center field to put the Reds on top 6-5. The 37-year-old reliever hasn't been automatic since returning from the disabled list on May 23. On the season, Grilli owns a 4.08 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and a 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Jason Grilli picked up a one-out save in the Pirates' defeat of the Marlins on Saturday in Miami.

Grilli was part of an ugly ninth inning on Friday night, but he put a stop to another Marlins rally today. The right-hander has 11 saves on the season for Pittsburgh.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Jason Grilli was pulled after allowing one hit and three walks in the ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday.

It was a nightmare inning for the Pirates, as Justin Wilson, Grilli, and Mark Melancon combined to give up four runs on one hit and six walks to send the game to extras. Grilli ended up being charged with two runs. Melancon was credited with the blown save after he walked in the tying run, but he managed to strike out Marcello Ozuna to get out of the jam. The Pirates eventually won the game in 13 innings.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 12:07:00 AM

Jason Grilli was able to escape from a dangerous situation and picked up his eighth save of the season in Sunday’s victory over the Dodgers.

The veteran right-hander made things interesting by issuing a pair of two-out walks to Justin Turner and Jamie Romak, and an RBI single to Scott Van Slyke that put the tying runs on base, before he got Dee Gordon to line out to end the ballgame. He has been re-installed as the Pirates primary option in the ninth inning, but if he struggles they could easily turn back to Mark Melancon who excelled while Grilli was sidelined.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Jason Grilli returned to the closer's role with a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 6-3 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

Grilli served up a ground-rule double to Justin Turner but otherwise went undisturbed. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced on Thursday that Grilli would get his closer's job back, shifting Mark Melancon back into the eighth inning. That's where Melancon pitched a scoreless frame tonight, bridging things to Grilli. The veteran closer has struck out at least one batter in eight straight appearances. Grilli shouldn't get too comfortable in the ninth inning, as Melancon has been one of the league's best relievers this year.
Fri, May 30, 2014 01:37:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eric Young Jr.
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Wandy Rodriguez
6Eric Stults
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Chien-Ming Wang
9Cody Martin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Josh Outman
5Luis Avilan
6Juan Jaime
7Brandon Cunniff
8Todd Coffey
9Leyson Septimo
10Shae Simmons