The Pittsburgh Pirates have made some big changes to their bullpen over the last few weeks. They traded Chris Resop, signed Jason Grilli, traded Joel Hanrahan, and acquired Mark Melancon in that same trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is done, let's take a look at the makeup of the new bullpen.
Jason Grilli is the new closer.
Jason Grilli, RHP - Grilli will make $2.25 M in 2013, along with a $500,000 signing bonus. He's the new closer with Hanrahan gone.
Out of Options
Mark Melancon, RHP - Since he was one of the main pieces in the Hanrahan trade, he'll be guaranteed a roster spot. Melancon is a great bounce back candidate, and could settle in as the 8th inning guy.
Chris Leroux, RHP - Leroux hasn't had much time in the majors yet, but he has been impressive in his time with the Pirates. He adjusted his delivery in 2011, which allowed him to jump from Double-A to the majors in one year. Last year ...
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