Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Grilli
Jason Grilli is the Pittsburgh Pirates' new closer, and he moves into the job with mixed emotions. Grilli is excited to have the chance to close after spending 10 years in the major leagues with six different teams. However, the 36-year-old journeyman was sad to see closer Joel Hanrahan traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of a six-player deal on Dec. 26. "I'm really looking forward to that challenge, but I'm disappointed, too, to see a good teammate go," Grilli said. "Joel's a great guy. We gave up a good player." Grilli has just five career saves, including a single-season-high two last season. However, the Pirates feel he has the stuff and peripheral statistics to be a potentially dominant closer. While Grilli had a 1-6 record last season, his ERA was 2.91 in 64 games, and he struck out 90 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings. He had 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 4.09 strikeout/walk ratio, both outstanding figures. According to fa...
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