Braves' cast of former closers bring experience, shared mentality to support Kimbrel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Johnson glanced across the clubhouse toward a locker at the back of the room where a No. 46 jersey hung. In the hierarchy of the Braves bullpen, there is no questioning who sits on the throne. "Obviously he's the best in the business," said Jim Johnson of closer Craig Kimbrel. "There's no doubt about it." Kimbrel, who has 26 more saves than anyone in...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Will Have to Make Some Tough Roster Choices Now That They’re Contenders

To put it nicely, the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen was a disaster. That’s not exactly nice, but it’s probably the nicest way to describe what happened. Players under-performed, then went on to other teams to look lights out (Jason Grilli, Bryan Morris). The team excelled in previous years with reclamation projects, but didn’t find that same magic for most of the 2014...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves formalize Pierzynski, Grilli signings, ink Outman to deal

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves invoked a 3-for-1 approach to roster additions on Wednesday, confirming the expected signings of reliever Jason Grilli and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, while doubly announcing that left-handed pitcher had inked a one-year pact with the club. Over the December holiday season, the acquisitions of Grilli (45 saves from 2013-14) and Pierzynski (17-year on-base...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves add Outman, finalize deals with Pierzynski, Grilli

ATLANTA (AP) The Braves agreed to a one-year contract with left-hander Josh Outman and finalized two other free-agent deals Wednesday: an $8 million, two-year agreement with right-hander Jason Grilli and a $2 million, one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Outman, 30, was 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA with Cleveland and the New York Yankees last season. Grilli, 38, was an All-Star...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

After series of moves, what will Braves' bullpen look like?

There's one certainty surrounding the Braves' bullpen this season: nothing is certain. Well, that's not entirely true. Craig Kimbrel, who has won four straight National League saves titles, remains the anchor. But it's what route manager Fredi Gonzalez takes to get to the game's best closer that is much more clouded than it was mere days ago after Atlanta's latest roster move. Gone...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: the Angels have a bullpen problem, potential landing spot for Scherzer?

The December 30th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including the Angels have a bullpen problem, could be a potential landing spot for Max Scherzer and much more… The Story: The losses of Jason Grilli and Kevin Jepsen means the Angels now have a bullpen problem.The Monkey Says: I disagree, X gets the square. Yes, losing those two weakens the pen as does...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Grilli signs with Braves, Angels release several minor leaguers

The December 29th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Grilli signs with Braves, Angels release several minor leaguers and much more… The Story: Jason Grilli signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.The Monkey Says: That’s now two middle relievers the Angels are down from last season. They have plenty of depth, but still,...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

It’s a fact — confirmed by multiple writers whose nearly sole vocation in this life is to report on such matters — it’s a fact that right-handed reliever Jason Grilli has signed a two-year, $8 million with the Atlanta Braves, with a club option of a third year. Per the terms of the agreement, one […]
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Atlanta

Photo Credit: Justin Aller/Getty Images FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report late Tuesday night that Jason Grilli, former 2013 All-Star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, would be working out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen in 2015. Source: Jason Grilli to #Braves. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 24, 2014 David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Braves, Grilli agree to 2-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Braves and veteran reliever Jason Grilli have agreed to a two-year contract. The person says the agreement includes a club option for a third year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The 38-year-old right-hander will fill a setup role for...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves sign Jason Grilli to two-year deal

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Jason Grilli on a major-league contract, sources have told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal also reports that the Braves’ deal with Grilli is for two years, with a team option for the 2017 season. Source: Jason Grilli to #Braves. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 24, 2014 Source says Grilli...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Braves sign reliever Jason Grilli

Atlanta added more depth to its bullpen on Tuesday, according to MLB on FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal, who cited a source in his announcement that 38-year-old reliever Jason Grilli had signed with the Braves. The deal will keep the right-handed pitcher in Atlanta for two years, with the Braves holding a club option for a third, according to Rosenthal. Grilli made 22 appearances for...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves showing interest in Jason Grilli

getty images After trading away Jordan Walden the Braves are looking for arms in front of closer Craig Kimbrel. One pitcher the Braves are showing interest in is Jason Grilli. Grilli, 38, spent last season between the Pirates and Angels posting a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 54 innings of work. The Atlanta #Braves have informed free agent reliever Jason Grilli know they have...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

RP Sleeper Value: Jason Grilli, Jason Motte and Joe Beimel

Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson In today’s baseball world, sleepers and bargains are rare. Nearly everyone on the market is overpaid to a degree. With expensive options leading the free agent field for relievers, this group is no different. Their importance  is being recognized and in turn they’re being heavily compensated. I’ve already written a piece on three undervalued relievers...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Questioning Jason Grilli’s 2014 season

Challenge trades don’t get made very much in MLB anymore. When they do get made, seldom do they work so that one team wins the deal in such lopsided fashion, yet that is exactly what happened when the Angels swapped Ernesto Frieri straight up for Jason Grilli. How great did the Grilli-Frieri trade turn out to be?It couldn’t have worked out much better for the Angels. They took...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: Jason Grilli could replace David Robertson as closer

The New York Yankees are trying hard to re-sign closer David Robertson, but they also understand that he may decide to pitch elsewhere, and, in that case, the Yankees will need a genuine closer to step in. One possibility is free agent Jason Grilli, who last pitched for the Los Angeles Angels this season. CBS New York's Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees have already discussed...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospect Popped for Aggravated Robbery

Nearly three years ago, Pittsburgh Pirates fans held their collective breath when they saw “Jason Grilli” had been arrested for drug trafficking and was facing a minimum of 15 years in prison. Of course, as we can all surmise…that was a different Jason Grilli. I’ve gotta imagine Boston Red Sox fans had their collective fingers crossed when they heard the news pitching prospect...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels on the free agency and trade block

The offseason draws nigh. As soon as the Royals finish fulfilling their manifest destiny, the Angels will be free to go about fine tuning their roster for another playoff run next year. However, before they can do that, they need to take care of some housekeeping. No, I’m not talking about sweeping all the rat turds out of the bowels of Angel Stadium (though they should probably...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels bullpen gets tagged by Mariners

How the Angels lost: The first two batters Jason Grilli faced to start the top of the fifth inning Tuesday night spoke volumes. It was a sign that it was going to be a long night for the Angels bullpen in what would eventually be a 13-2 loss to Seattle. Grilli walked the first batter he faced, Kendrys Morales, and hit the second, Logan Morrison. And then bottom fell out. At the end...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Moves and Notes - August 17th - feat. Votto, Morin, Beltre, Simmons

Almost the entire first-choice Cincinnati Reds infield in today's roundup.TransactionsCincinnati Reds: transferred 1B Joey Votto to the 60-day disabled list. The news coming out of Cincinnati on Votto has been minimal as he recovers from a quad strain, but manager Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they expect to have the first baseman back this year. The...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

How much does a shutdown bullpen help in a Wild Card game?

The second wild card game has changed the way we see bullpens, especially in terms of roster construction. Traditionally, the thought is that bullpens only help as much as the value they provide over the course of the season, which is not that much. They can help in close games in the postseason, of course, but that’s hard to predict. The theory is to make the best team possible...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 88: Pirates 6 Phillies 2

On June 19th, Jason Grilli (predictably) blew a save against the Reds, but the Pirates managed to come back and score a run in the 12th inning to scrape out a 4-3 win and salvage a game from the Reds. That brought the Bucs’ record to 35-37, fourth in the NL Central and 8 1/2 behind the Brewers. I remember thinking at the time that the Pirates were on the verge of collapsing. They’d...
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith relishing closer role

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith didn't know he'd be the Angels' closer at this point in the season, but now that he is, he's embracing his role. Ernesto Frieri is gone, traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Jason Grilli is here, acquired in the Frieri deal. The benefactor is Smith, who acknowledges that as a relief pitcher, it's important to be prepared for anything. Smith pitched...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli and Ernesto Frieri traded for each other, meet in airport bathroom

Jason Grilli and Ernesto Frieri were struggling as their team’s respective closers until the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim decided to swap the two. This past Saturday, Grilli was en route to Los Angeles and Frieri was en route to Kansas City to join the Pirates, both had stops at Chicago’s O’Hare […]
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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