Jason Grilli Returns to Pirates on a Two Year Deal

Ken Rosenthal reports that Jason Grilli is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a two-year deal, pending a physical.

I assume this time it’s real, unlike last Thursday which was full of “he’s signing”, followed by Grilli denying each report. I only assume this one is real because Rosenthal wasn’t involved in the reporting last Thursday, but was providing the best updates on the situation leading up to that date.

I think the question to ask now is “what happens with Joel Hanrahan?”

UPDATE 4:00 PM: If there was any doubt this time, several other writers are confirming the deal. No financial details yet.

UPDATE 4:03 PM: Bob Nightengale reports that Grilli turned down more money from another team to stay with the Pirates.

Danny Knobler with the same information.

UPDATE 4:41 PM: Grilli gets $7 M over two years.


UPDATE 4:53 PM: Bill Brink has the exact figure.


UPDATE 5:16 PM: Two interesting notes from Bob Nightengale on the negotiations.

So in the span of less than a year we’ve seen the Yankees salary dump A.J. Burnett to the Pirates, the Pirates out-bid the Yankees for Russell Martin, and Jason Grilli take less to play for the Pirates rather than the Blue Jays. The only word I can think of is “Mayans”.

UPDATE 2:40 P.M. TUESDAY — Terms of the deal for Grilli include a $500K signing bonus, $2.25M in 2013 and $4M in 2013.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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