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Agent Gary Sheffield getting plenty of calls on Jason Grilli

Nov 18, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

Jason Grilli AP

If you hadn’t already heard, Gary Sheffield went into the agent business a couple of years back.  His client list doesn’t include many major league veterans at the moment, but he does have one rather popular free agent: former Pirates reliever Jason Grilli.

“We’ve got eight teams interested right now,” Sheffield told the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.  “We have three offers right now.”

One of the teams interested is believed to be the Red Sox.

“We’re not in a hurry,” Sheffield said. “There are some things we want to look at a little further. We’re not sure the market has fully developed for Jason.”

Don’t scoff: Grilli is hardly a big name but he struck out a whopping 90 batters while amassing a 2.91 ERA and 32 holds in 58 2/3 innings for the Pirates last season. Throwing better than average at 35 (he turned 36 this month), he seems likely to command a two-year deal worth at least $3 million per season. It’ll be a nice payday for a reliever whose previous high salary was $1.1 million.

  1. theaxmancometh - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Come on over to the Brew Crew Jason

  2. Chris K - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    At that salary, that makes Sheffield’s cut about $90,000 a year off Grilli alone? Not bad…

  3. jacobknicks - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    He’s the only guy I know of to go from free agent to agent

  4. hep3 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    If I were a GM negotiating with Sheffield, I would demand that all sessions be recorded. Ol’ Gary was always “misremembering” promises made to him and was the first to go to the press for any perceived slight..

    Sheffield is the very definition of loose cannon.

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