Let’s hope Atlanta enjoys a good grill(i)ed cheese.
The Atlanta Braves have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $8 million (and a third-year club option) with right handed reliever Jason Grilli, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Grilli was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Los Angeles Angels last season at the trade deadline.
Between Pittsburgh and L.A. last season, he went 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves.
The Braves’ moves have suggested a rebuilding phase for them, as they have traded away Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, who were once thought to be the faces and future of the franchise for prospects. It seems out of character for Atlanta’s offseason to surrender a first round draft pick for a reliever with a rocky track record. (Although, he is projected to have a 2.86 E.R.A.)
In his 12 year career, Grilli is 22-32 with a 4.16 ERA and 50 saves over 552 innings pitched.