Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/10/12
The Pittsburgh Pirates moved to bolster their bullpen Monday, agreeing to re-sign right-hander Jason Grilli to a two-year deal, according to a major league source. The deal, which is pending a physical, could give the Pirates the flexibility to trade closer Joel Hanrahan and use Grilli in a ninth-inning role. Grilli, 36, emerged as one of the most reliable setup men in the National League last season, averaging nearly 14 strikeouts per nine innings and producing a 2.91 ERA. Hanrahan could earn approximately $7 million in arbitration, and the Pirates have discussed trading him for a comparably priced starting pitcher, sources say. The Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants also made offers to Grilli, according to a source. Grilli's agent is former major leaguer Gary Sheffield.
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