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Jason Grilli set to re-sign with the Pirates

Dec 6, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Our own Craig Calcaterra reports that Grilli is re-signing with the Pirates, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

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Jason Grilli‘s breakout season as a setup man in Pittsburgh made him a very popular free agent target and agent Gary Sheffield (yes, that Gary Sheffield) has said the right-hander is close to signing.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com he’s narrowed the choices down to the Pirates, Cubs, and Blue Jays, with a two-year deal expected wherever Grilli winds up.

Grilli was a marginal big leaguer for a decade or so, but in two years with the Pirates he threw 91 innings with a 2.76 ERA and 127 strikeouts. That works out to 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings, which was the fifth-highest strikeout rate in baseball during that time behind only Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and David Robertson.

  1. magicrat13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    my guess is he will make the jump to toronto…nice reliever and guessing he will be looking for a nice pay day (not that i blame him) but chance to compete with toronto might be the deciding factor…pirates might bump up their offer if they are serious about trading hanrahan and would look to use grilli as their closer…

  2. jase44 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    As a jays fan I would welcome him! Would be a nice compliment to santos, Jansen and Oliver

    • magicrat13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      agreed….although now hearing unless a team offers him three years, he will stay in pittsburgh….should know soon…

  3. nderdog - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I really hope he stays with the Pirates. Regardless of what happens, he’s a really kind and I wish him well! He was so great with my nephew when we watched them in San Diego last year, just couldn’t ask for a nicer guy.

  4. prosourcetalk - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    YES! Welcome back Grilli

  5. ironcity6pak - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Nice to have a player that wants to stay in Pitt. I’m getting excited for what could be the bucos first winning season in 20 years………

  6. mscott4 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Grilling denied this report to Tom Singer from pirates.com.

  7. sisqsage - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Why would you go back to a team with no hope of a World Series title (or even playoffs) likely for the rest of his career? Earlier in the FA bidding he had a chance to go to a big winner and he took the money. For a 10-year vet like him, when is enough money enough? At his age and available options, it should be about getting the brass ring.

    • nderdog - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      But for a late-season epic meltdown, the Pirates would have been playoff-bound this year. With a full season of Marte and some minor improvements (another quality catcher and a shortstop, please!) the team has a lot of potential if the offense and defense can both perform decently for the whole season.

  8. willclarkgameface - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Between Grilli and Russell Martin the Pirates are staring right in the face of at least 75 wins. Will this team EVER make a frigging splash deal that is actually meaningful? I like the slow and steady growth that some teams make over the course of 4 or 5 years, building a system and grooming great young talent to be great young MLB talent, but this is ridiculous.

  9. mscott4 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Lol, I meant Grilli, damn iPad auto-correct.

  10. Detroit Michael - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Congratulations, Craig, on breaking the news, assuming that you were indeed the first.

  11. stairwayto7 - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Grilli stays with Pirates then Pittsburgh trades Hannrahan to a SP!

    • nderdog - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Perish the thought! I like Grilli, but I can’t see losing The Hammer as our closer!

  12. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Good move by the Bucs, Hanrahan has 1 more year then he’s gone anyway. Maybe a nice package of him and Alvarez for a shortstop?

    • magicrat13 - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      seriously?…..i know hanrahan has only one year left and alvarez has some holes in his game, but would youreally consider that?…..

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