Pirates Trade Jason Grilli to Angels For Ernesto Frieri
Jun27

Pirates Trade Jason Grilli to Angels For Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded reliever Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for reliever Ernesto Frieri. Frieri is a a 28-year-old righty that has struggled in the closer role this year, something he has in common with Grilli. Both have pitched well in the recent past in that role, so they might be able to return to their success in a different uniform. Frieri has a 6.39 ERA this season in 34 appearances, with 11...

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Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role
Jun20

Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role

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. Pirates Jason Grilli is being moved out of the closer role for now, said Mgr. Clint Hurdle. He'll get opportunities while club is behind. — Jenn Menendez (@JennMenendez) June 20, 2014...

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First Pitch: It’s Time For the Pirates to Make a Switch at Closer
Jun20

First Pitch: It’s Time For the Pirates to Make a Switch at Closer

Earlier today, Max Fogle wrote about the struggles that Jason Grilli has been having this year, breaking down some of the key problems that might be leading to the poor results. It was actually an article that Max had written before today’s game, and was originally set to go up tomorrow morning. However, with the blown save this afternoon, it seemed like an appropriate topic to discuss sooner, rather than later. Grilli...

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Breaking Down Jason Grilli’s Struggles
Jun19

Breaking Down Jason Grilli’s Struggles

The poor recent outings from Jason Grilli have only highlighted his shaky performance in 2014.  The Pirates closer hasn’t been good by either traditional or sabermetric statistics.  He’s 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA, while blowing 3 saves out of his 14 opportunities. In 17 2/3 innings, he has struck out 17 (8.66 K/9) and walked 10 (5.09 BB/9).  Grilli hasn’t posted that low a strikeout rate or that high a walk rate since...

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Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis
May23

Jason Grilli Activated From DL, Tony Sanchez Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list and catcher Tony Sanchez has been optioned to Indianapolis. This move was expected to happen today and with Russell Martin coming off the disabled list yesterday, Sanchez will return to AAA to play everyday. Martin had to serve a one game suspension before he could return to action. Grilli has been on the disabled since April 26th with a left oblique...

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