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  1. Braves reliever Shae Simmons undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Feb 12, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

    Shae Simmons Getty

    A tough break for a promising young arm.

  2. Braves add Jose Veras to their suddenly aged bullpen

    Feb 10, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

    Jose Veras

    Veras is the fifth veteran reliever that new GM John Hart has added to the mix since the start of the offseason.

  3. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  4. Braves sign setup man Jason Grilli to two-year contract

    Dec 23, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

    jason grilli getty

    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves have signed 38-year-old right-handed reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017 …

  5. Jason Grilli a potential option for the Yankees

    Nov 21, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    jason grilli getty

    If the Yankees can’t bring back David Robertson, Jason Grilli could be one option the club could look at.

  6. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  7. Pirates release Ernesto Frieri

    Sep 8, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Frieri came into this season with a lifetime 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings, including 37 saves as the Angels’ closer last year.

  8. Pirates claim John Axford off waivers from Indians

    Aug 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Looking to add more bullpen help after the Jason Grilli-for-Ernesto Frieri swap worked out so horribly, the Pirates have acquired right-hander John Axford from the Indians.

  9. Pirates designate Ernesto Frieri for assignment

    Aug 8, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Frieri posted a 7.34 ERA in 48 appearances, which is shockingly bad for a 28-year-old who came into this season with a career 2.76 ERA and 315 strikeouts in 231 innings.

  10. Angels acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from Padres

    Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Huston Street

    Padres closer Huston Street has been linked to the Angels for a while now and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “close to finalizing a deal” for the All-Star right-hander.

  11. The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

    Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Pirates are focused on adding pitching in advance of the July non-waiver trade deadline.

  12. Pirates, Angels swap closers Jason Grilli, Ernesto Frieri

    Jun 27, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    The Pirates and Angels have exchanged their troubled closers. Jason Grilli will head west to the Angels. Ernesto Frieri will head east to the Pirates.

  13. Pirates demote Jason Grilli from the closer role

    Jun 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last night Jason Grilli gave up a game-tying homer against the Reds and today the Pirates announced that he’s been demoted from the closer role.

  14. Jason Grilli might not be long for the closer role with the Pirates

    Jun 19, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli Getty

    Jason Grilli blew a save this afternoon against the Reds and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated after the game that he could make a change in the closer role.

  15. Pirates activate Jason Grilli from the disabled list

    May 23, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

    jason grilli getty

    Pirates closer Jason Grilli is off the disabled list after missing the past month with a strained oblique muscle.

  16. Pirates closer Jason Grilli on track to return Saturday

    May 21, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Jason Grilli threw a successful 20-pitch simulated inning on Wednesday and is expected to return to the Pirates’ bullpen this weekend.

  17. Pirates closer Jason Grilli deems himself “ready” to return

    May 14, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Jason Grilli threw 24 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon, but thinks he’s ready to make a return to the Pirates.

  18. Pirates place Russell Martin on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring

    Apr 26, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    The Pirates placed Russell Martin on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

  19. Pirates place closer Jason Grilli on the DL with a strained left oblique [Update: Not yet!]

    Apr 25, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    The Pirates will be without their closer for at least two weeks. Mark Melancon will get the save opportunities in his stead.

  20. Ryan Braun victimized Jason Grilli for the second game in a row

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Ryan Braun likes hitting in the state of Pennsylvania.

  21. Pirates outlast Cubs, win 4-3 in 16 innings

    Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Notes from what could reign supreme as the longest game of the year for quite some time.

  22. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Is regression inevitable? The Pirates’ long-term trajectory looks good. 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is…

  23. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  24. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

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