Conflicting Reports on Whether Jason Grilli Has Signed

Peter Gammons has the latest on the Jason Grilli watch.

It looks like the Pirates are in the final four, although I’d be surprised if they went to three years. It would be surprising if any team went to three years, considering Grilli’s age. Then again, teams are handing out three year deals like candy on Halloween this off-season.

Grilli is represented by Gary Sheffield.

UPDATE 9:49 AM: Ken Rosenthal says that all of the above teams have made two year offers, and that Grilli will stay in Pittsburgh unless another team goes to three years.

UPDATE 11:24 AM: Rosenthal with another update, saying the Giants are out.

Based on the earlier reports, and this report saying it will be a two-year deal, things look good for the Pirates. There is still the possibility that the Cubs or Blue Jays could offer more money with their two-year deals.

UPDATE 12:43 PM: Tom Singer says that reports are coming in saying Grilli is signing with the Pirates.

More details as they come.

UPDATE 12:47 PM: A lot of other people on Twitter saying the same thing. Looks like Grilli is coming back to the Pirates.

UPDATE 12:49 PM: Scratch that? Singer has the following from Grilli:

UPDATE 12:56 PM: Looks like the original report came from Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports.

UPDATE 12:57 PM: Jon Heyman says the Pirates signed Grilli.

http://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/276747028493643776

UPDATE 1:02 PM: And now Heyman is saying the same thing Singer said.

UPDATE 1:07 PM: The magic of Twitter. The best that I can make of this, based on the above, is that Calcaterra had the original report, Singer went off that report, then heard back from Grilli denying it. Heyman went off Singer’s report, then went off Singer’s Tweet that it was denied:

I think the only thing we have here is the original report from Calcaterra, which is unconfirmed, and denied by Grilli.

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