Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 12/6/12
Grilli
Baseball’s winter meetings were held this week in Nashville. That usually means a week full of rumors, Twitter blowing up every hour or so with a big new trade or signing, and general chaos. For the Pirates, that was not the case this year. Neal Huntington admitted that signing Russell Martin was going to be the Bucs’ “big move” of the offseason, which is disappointing but not surprising. Especially after letting Jeff Karstens ride into the sunset, you’d think that Neal would be going after pitching–not a big name, obviously, but some mediocre type guy like Kevin Correia or some non-tenders from around the league. That’ll still probably happen eventually, but we barely even heard a rumor this week. Heck, the Bucs didn’t even make a pick in the Rule 5 Draft. There is one free agent the Pirates do appear very interested in signing: Jason Grilli. After posting a career year in 2012 (at age 35), the former journeyman is looking to hit it relatively big on the open market–something he’s never really done before. Grilli made himself into a very valuable commodity after becoming a strikeout machine and an effective setup man this season (and part of last season), and some teams are potentially looking at him as a closer. He’ll reportedly be getting at least a two-year deal and has drawn interest from several teams. His agent, interestingly, is former big-league outfielder Gary Sheffield. On Thursday morning, there were reports saying that Grilli (who stopped by the meetings in Nashville) would make up his mind by 10 AM. He had narrowed his choices to the Pirates, Blue Jaus, Cubs, and Giants (apparently the Giants are now out of the running). Then around noon there were some reports saying that he’d be signing with the Pirates…but Grilli himself denied that rather emphatically. The rest of the day, there wasn’t really any more news regarding the GrillMaster. He’s certainly drawing this out quite a bit…to the point where it’s getting kind of obnoxious. Although an expensive two-year-deal for a 36 year old reliever scares me quite a bit (especially after he struggled somewhat in the second half of the season), the Pirates’ bullpen desperately needs his strikeout ability and experience. It would also make a Joel Hanrahan trade a lot easier to swallow (and if Grilli re-signs, a Hammer trade would appear to be quite likely). A few initial rumors regarding Hanrahan haven’t been encouraging in terms of a potential return, but the logic appears to be that Grilli could close (which I agree with) and that Joel could bring back a useful starting pitcher or something like that. I don’t know if one year of Joel’s services can bring back anything all that useful, but expect the rumors to really heat up if Grilli signs with the Bucs.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dallas Cowboys' team employee bus involved in fatal crash

Aldon Smith posts video under a pseudonym of a blunt on Periscope

WATCH: Cam Newton get blocked by a girl playing volleyball

Russia avoids complete ban from Rio Olympics by the IOC

Report: Padres trying to move Andrew Cashner, Derek Norris

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

Report: Braves 'aggressively' shopping Francoeur, Aybar

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

Report: Darnell Dockett expected to announce retirement

Report: Yankees have not discussed releasing A-Rod

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Cristiano Ronaldo spars with Conor McGregor in gym

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Eight most significant injuries going into NFL training camp

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker