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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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Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season in Saturday's win over the Phillies.
Grilli struck out Ryan Howard to open the ninth, then induced outs by Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz to secure the save. The veteran has filled in admirably following the loss of Craig Kimbrel and is now 7-for-7 in saves, with a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings. If you picked him up on the waiver wire, pat yourself on the back. Apr 25 - 9:43 PM

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Jason Grilli set the Blue Jays down in order in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save as the Braves won 5-2 on Sunday.

Grilli struck out Justin Smoke, got Kevin Pillar to pop up, and struck out Dalton Pompey to end the game. The Braves have been just fine without Craig Kimbrel, as Grilli is 6-for-6 converting saves with a 1.80 ERA and a 10/2 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Apr 19 - 3:59 PM

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage to secure his fifth save of the young season.

The veteran right-hander retired all three hitters he faced in order, including a strikeout. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances while registering a miniscule 1.80 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. He's the early leader in the clubhouse for waiver wire pickup of the season.
Apr 17 - 10:35 PM

Jason Grilli got into some ninth inning trouble, but escaped with his fourth save as the Braves edged the Marlins on Monday.

Grilli allowed a lead-off double to Martin Prado, then got back-to-back strikeouts. However, he then walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and allowed an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria to make it a 3-2 ballgame. He was finally able to strike out John Baker to escape with the save. It was the first bout with adversity Grilli has faced so far this season. He's now 4-for-4 converting saves with a 2.25 ERA and a 7/2 K/BB ratio in four innings.
Apr 14 - 12:04 AM

Jason Grilli secured his third save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Mets on Friday.

After being handed a two-run lead, Grilli issued a leadoff walk to Daniel Murphy, but retired the next three batters to finish off the victory. The 38-year-old took over the closer role for Atlanta following the Craig Kimbrel trade and has the potential to be a bargain for those who were fortunate enough to pluck him off the waiver wire.
Apr 11 - 12:27 AM

Jason Grilli struck out two batters en route to a save in Monday's Opening Day win against the Marlins.

Grilli was announced as the Braves' closer on Monday, a day after the club traded Craig Kimbrel to the Padres. The veteran right-hander had no issues in the ninth inning, striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Morse before Martin Prado lined out to end the game. Grilli, 38, regressed last season, finishing with a 4.00 ERA, but he can still miss bats at a high rate and should be able to nail down saves in Atlanta. If Grilli struggles, however, Jim Johnson will get the call.
Apr 6 - 7:26 PM

Jason Grilli will serve as the Braves' closer.

That was the assumption after Sunday night's Craig Kimbrel trade. Grilli is 38 years old and experienced some struggles in 2014, but he's a nice early-season waiver wire add for owners who weren't able to load up on saves in drafts this spring. Jim Johnson will be next in line if Grilli can't hack it.
Apr 6 - 1:53 PM

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Sunday that Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson could each close games after the departure of Craig Kimbrel on Sunday.

Each of the veteran right-handers have experience in the ninth inning, though neither represents a very reliable option anymore. Hart also mentioned Juan Jaime as a candidate to close games eventually. At this point, it seems Grilli is the most likely candidate, but don't go wasting your entire free agent budget on the 38-year-old.
Apr 5 - 8:08 PM

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

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.
Source: Bi
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 06:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Trevor Cahill
6Eric Stults
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Cody Martin
6Andrew McKirahan
7Ian Thomas
8Michael Kohn
9John Cornely
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Shae Simmons