Source: Grilli back to #Pirates. Two-year deal. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2012
After a weirdly suspenseful week, word leaked out this afternoon that Jason Grilli will be back in Pittsburgh on a two-year deal worth $6.75 million.
I am of two minds here: one is that the Pirates' obviously didn't trust any of their electric young right-handed bullpen arms (Victor Black, Bryan Morris, Duke Welker) enough to contribute down the stretch last year. Since then, Chris Resop was shown the door and Joel Hanrahan seems likely to be traded this winter, which means that the bullpen could be entirely made of those guys, who could quite possibly be very good relief pitchers but who are hugely untested. Grilli provides some nice stability in that situation and given his exploding strikeout rate and increase in velocity last year, it seems like there's a good chance he's found a groove with the Bucs that will make him more consistent ...