One Man’s Trash: In Ottavino Veritas

The closer carousel continues to spin round and round. In the season's first week, Joaquin Benoit's ride ended abruptly in the fallout of the Craig Kimbrel trade and Jason Grilli climbed aboard to take his place. This week, thanks to the early season struggles of 42 year old former closer LaTroy Hawkins, Adam Ottavino (+83.9%) became the new 9th inning reliever for the Rockies and was...
Via Razzball
14 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Grilli Vanilli

Just hours before the first official pitch of the 2015 MLB regular season was thrown, the Braves traded reliever Craig Kimbrel to the Padres and significantly altered the fantasy values of a couple of players in the process. Joaquin Benoit's role changed from projected closer to primary setup man, and his fantasy value took an enormous hit in standard 5x5 formats. Unsurprisingly...
Via Razzball
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves off to hot 5-1 start

The Atlanta Braves entered the season with low expectations and a lot of questions. Would anybody even compete with the Nationals in the NL East? Would Atlanta be able to win games after the departures of OF Justin Upton, C Evan Gattis, OF Jason Heyward, and CL Craig Kimbrel? Nobody is giving the Braves a chance this year, nobody except themselves. The Braves will have an entirely...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Break Out the Brooms for Sweep of Miami Marlins

Atlanta Braves’ Jonny Gomes is congratulated after scoring against the New York Mets in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 10, 2015, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-3. (AP Photo/Kevin Liles) 38-year-old backup catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s first hit for his new team was a two-run homer that vaulted the Atlanta Braves to 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins and completed a...
Via The Sports Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball - Closer Carousel Continues

Keith AllisonDellin Betances came on in the 8th inning for the New York Yankees, trailing 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays. His struggles from Spring Training continued in his first appearance of the MLB season, walking two batters, giving up a hit and a run scored.  The Yankees scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th off Brett Cecil (blown save, runs charged to Aaron Loup) and...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' revamped bullpen comes through to beat Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) Two Atlanta relievers combined to escape a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh, and new closer Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth to help the Braves beat Miami 2-1 on opening day Monday. The rebuilding Braves won without All-Star closer Craig Kimbel, traded in their latest deal to San Diego on Sunday. The Marlins have hopes of ending an 11-year playoff drought...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins knock out 8 hits but fall on Opening Day to Braves

MIAMI (AP) -- Two Atlanta relievers combined to escape a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh, and new closer Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth to help the Braves beat Miami 2-1 on opening day Monday. The rebuilding Braves won without All-Star closer Craig Kimbel, traded in their latest deal to San Diego on Sunday. The Marlins have hopes of ending an 11-year playoff drought...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves designate Quinten for assignment; Grilli new closer

MIAMI (AP) The Atlanta Braves have designated two-time All-Star Carlos Quinten for assignment, a day after getting him in a big trade with the San Diego Padres. The Braves also said Monday that right-hander Jason Grilli will be their new closer. He'll replace All-Star Craig Kimbrel, who was traded to San Diego. The move involving Quinten came hours before the Braves' season opener...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s (Pretend To Own People Who) Play Ball!

Ma nishtana, how is tonight different than every other night? Because there's some G-D regular season baseball! Ah fanabla! The Padres aren't wasting any time with bird sex or Joaquin Benoit either as they traded for Craig Kimbrel. Why do I get the sense that the Padres played 2,500 games of Strat-o-Matic this offseason and on Saturday it was 1249 to 1249 and they were like,...
Via Razzball
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson in line for saves on Braves

getty images Following the Atlanta Braves decision to deal closer Craig Kimbrel on Sunday both Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson are now in line for the team’s ninth inning duties. Kimbrel was traded along with Melvin Upton to the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor leaguer pitcher Matt Wisler and a trio of outfielders that includes Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin and Jorgan Paroubeck...
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29 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

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
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...
Via AP on Fox
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

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...
Via Monkey with a Halo
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

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

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

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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