First Pitch: Trying to Make Sense of Today’s Moves

The Pirates had a busy day. They traded Chris Resop, who was arbitration eligible for the second time and projected to make $1.3 M. They also dealt Yamaico Navarro (same link), who wasn’t arbitration eligible, but was designated for assignment the other day. They non-tendered Jeff Karstens, then reached a deal with Charlie Morton for $2 M (I’ll get into this in a bit). Finally, they tendered contracts to everyone else on...

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Pirates Trying to Retain Grilli

Ken Rosenthal has an update on the Pirates and Jason Grilli. https://mobile.twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/2745601049620848644 Grilli would probably require a two year deal. He’d be a great option for the Pirates as a closer if they deal Joel Hanrahan this off season. As a set up man he would be expensive for the Pirates, since he’d probably command $3-4 M per year.

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Shows Two Sides; Velocity Returns for Grilli

When the Pirates have had struggles or been battling through a losing streak, A.J. Burnett was the stopper for Pittsburgh. Burnett entered game action having won four straight decisions and 13 of his last 14. When the team needed a pick me up, the veteran right-hander was the stopper for the club. Burnett looked to become the Pirates first 15 game winner since Todd Ritchie in 1999. But Padres’ starter Jason Marquis was near...

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Grilli Sees Recent Dip in Velocity, Qualls’ Experience Will Plug Him In Late

Jason Grilli had an impressive first half of the season. So much in fact that there were even questions as to why the Pirates eighth inning man wasn’t chosen to pitch in the National League All-Star game. Grilli posted just a 1.87 ERA over 35 appearances. He held the opposing batters to just a .145 clip and struck out 54 over 33.2 innings. After allowing just one earned run in the month of July, Grilli saw his first...

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Jason Grilli Not Slowing Down After Reaching 300 Career Appearances

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — When reliever Jason Grilli ran out from the bullpen and stepped on the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon on the Fourth of July, it was a significant milestone. Grilli isn’t one to pay attention to stats. In fact, he jokes around with the Pittsburgh media when they add numbers into questions. But thanks to his father, former big league pitcher Steve Grilli, the right-hander was well aware of...

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