The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed Jason Grilli from the closer's role, Clint Hurdle announced to the media this afternoon. Grilli will be replaced by Mark Melancon. Jenn Menendez says that Grilli will get work when the team is behind.
Yesterday, Max Fogle detailed the struggles from Grilli this year. Last night I wrote that the Pirates needed to switch to Melancon. This is a move that makes sense in the short-term and long-term. Grilli was struggling, while Melancon has been pitching well and looks to be the better option right now. You don't want to release Grilli based on a small sample size of innings, but you don't want him pitching important innings while he's trying to get things figured out. Having him pitching when ...
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