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Justin Grimm | Relief Pitcher | #52

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 5 (0) / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Royals sign RHP Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Grimm can also earn another $300,000 in incentives. The right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday, and didn't have to wait long to find a major league deal. The 29-year-old Grimm is coming off a disappointing season where he registered a 5.53 ERA in 55 1/3 innings, but he was a solid relief option from 2014-2016 for the Cubs. He should get a chance to pitch in medium to high-leverage situations for the Royals, but likely won't earn save opportunities, barring something unforeseen. Mar 18 - 12:34 PM

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Cubs released RHP Justin Grimm.

Grimm is due $2.2 million this season via arbitration, but the 29-year-old had a rough 2017 and had allowed four runs on six hits (two homers) and four walks through four innings this spring in the Cactus League. He was facing an uphill battle for a bullpen spot in Chicago. Another team should give him a look at the MLB minimum salary.
Source: ESPN Chicago
Mar 15 - 3:09 PM

Justin Grimm lost his arbitration case against the Cubs and will receive a $2.2 million salary for the 2018 season.

Grimm requested $2.475 million when artration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old reliever posted a disappointing 5.53 ERA across 55 1/3 innings in 2017 while earning $1.825 million. He may be a non-tender candidate next winter if his numbers don't improve. Grimm is also not entirely assured of an Opening Day bullpen spot with the Cubs.
Feb 8 - 3:42 PM

The Cubs and Justin Grimm are scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week.

Barring a last-minute agreement, it will be the first arbitration hearing during the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer Era in Chicago. Grimm requested $2.475 million and was offered $2.2 million by the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old made $1.825 million in 2017 while posting a 5.53 ERA and 59/27 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings.
Feb 5 - 2:36 PM

Justin Grimm requested $2.475 million and was offered $2.2 million by the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is Grimm's second year of arbitration eligibility. He struck out a lot of batters last year but was burned by the walk and the longball. He had a 5.53 ERA and struck out 59 batters in 55 1/3 innings but allowed a deadly 12 homers in the same span.
Jan 12 - 8:56 PM

Justin Grimm notched his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the Reds.

The Cubs are giving closer Wade Davis some rest since they've already clinched the division, so they entrusted Grimm with a one-run ninth-inning lead. He closed it out without a sweat, inducing a flyout and a couple lineouts.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 06:01:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Justin Grimm from the 10-day disabled list.

Grimm missed a couple weeks with an infection in his finger, but he made a few rehab appearances with no apparent issues. He'll work in middle relief.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:41:00 AM

Justin Grimm (finger) will make his next minor league rehab appearance on Wednesday, rather than Thursday, due to inclement weather in the forecast.

Nothing major here, just a little jimmying of Grimm's rehab schedule to account for possible rain. He is on the mend from an infection in his right index finger which he suffered earlier in mid-August. Assuming Grimm's Wednesday appearance goes off without a hitch, he is tracking toward a return to the Cubs on Friday, when rosters expand.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 07:23:00 PM

Justin Grimm (finger) allowed a solo homer in one inning of work Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

Grimm struck out two batters in the frame. He went down earlier this month with an infection his right index finger, but he appears on track to return when rosters expand on Friday.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 08:42:00 AM

Justin Grimm (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

It's unclear how many rehab appearances he'll need, but it seems likely that Grimm will be activated on Friday when rosters expand. He's missed the last week and a half with an infection in his right index finger.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 08:26:00 AM

Justin Grimm (finger) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

It will be Grimm's second pen session since landing on the DL with a finger infection last week. After that Grimm, is expected to make one minor league rehab appearance for returning to the Cubs' pen. The left-hander carries an underwhelming 5.40 ERA over 39 relief outings this year.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Justin Grimm on the 10-day disabled list with a right index finger infection.

It shouldn't be a long stint on the DL. Grimm holds a 5.40 ERA over 39 relief appearances this season.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 12:34:00 PM

Cubs recalled RHP Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa.

Grimm holds a 5.18 ERA during his time with the Cubbies this season but has struck out over a batter per inning. He'll work in middle relief.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa.

He's clearing space for the arrival of Justin Wilson in the bullpen. Grimm has struck out 42 over 40 innings this season but also posted a 5.18 ERA.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Cubs recalled RHP Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa.

Grimm has posted a rough 7.53 ERA over 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. He'll pitch in a middle relief capacity.
Mon, May 29, 2017 01:22:00 PM

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3Cam Gallagher
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2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
2Paulo Orlando
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow