Pirates acquire Jason Grilli

As per Jason Grilli’s Twitter account, he has been acquired by the Pirates.  Grilli is happy to be with Pittsburgh as his repeated “Black and Yellow!  Black and Yellow!” and “cannot wait to join the new squadron” claims show.

Grilli, 34, has a 1.93 ERA, 11.8 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 0.6 HR/9 in 32 2/3 innings for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate this year.  We first mentioned the Pirates had interest in Grilli yesterday, along with some other bullpen rumors.

Grilli pitched for Hurdle in 2008, so there is a natural built-in connection there already.  No word yet on what the Pirates gave up for Grilli, but it will probably be a Player To Be Named Later, cash, or lower-tier type of guy.  We will update when we hear it.

Update from Tim: Grilli had a clause in his contract stating that if another team offered him a major league deal, the Phillies would have to match it, or would have to release him so he could sign with the offering team.  The Phillies obviously chose the second option, released Grilli, and he has been signed by the Pirates.  The move will probably become official later today.  A 40-man roster move will have to be made, as well as a corresponding move on the 25-man roster.  The 25-man spot will probably come from Chris Leroux, while the 40-man spot might be Evan Meek moving to the 60-day disabled list.

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  • Greg Arendas

    This was not a trade.  Grilli was released by Philly AAA team.  GM Huntington: “We are aware (Grilli) has been released to pursue ML opportunity. We are interested and optimistic.”

  • Anonymous

    great pickup.
    Motivated and excited to be in the burgh. thrives on the pressure and is hitting 94 consistently with an a minus slider.

    Trade for Carlos Pena and re-insert Pedro/Tabata and I think we are set.
    Pena can simply win games for the Pirates with one swing of the bat. Overbay can’t do that. The Pirates are going to be playing low scoring games and the threat of Pena’s bat behind Cutch would be huge.


    • white angus

      as much as i dislike aquiring Pena, im gonna let that slide.  but i would like cutch batting 3rd.  i want him batting in the 1st inning every game.

    • F Lang

      Pena is inept against lefties so you have to take that into consideration if you get him. Plus I don’t like how much he K’s. Nice power and defense though.

  • Anonymous

    Saw Overbay sting the ball in his final AB last night. My thought was that I hadn’t seen him hit that hard while a Pirate. I can’t grasp paying Pena $5MM after the season. Tough it out for up to 2+ months more with Overbay.

    The Bucs have a very good pen. Sometimes, when you try to improve you find out you were better off with what you had. Hope that’s not the case with Grilli. This team needs a reliable 8th inning guy…..and a RH bat.

  • John DiVito

    This is good… we didn’t give anything up to get another bullpen option for the remainder of the year.  If Grilli disappoints, we release him and bring back one of the guys we just sent down (Leroux, Moskos, Wood) or whoever is coming back from injury (Meek or Ohlendorf)… no harm done.

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