Also, this might be a first:
Grilli preferred Pirates. Turned down slightly bigger offers elsewhere to stay.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 10, 2012
Grilli has been superb for the Pirates since his acquisition in 2011, posting a 2.76 ERA and a 12.5 K/9 ratio in 91 1/3 innings over his 1 1/2 seasons serving as the team’s setup man. He is now 36 years old but really showed no signs yet of ineffectiveness.
This deal also leads us to the question, “Does this make Joel Hanrahan more expendable?” A trade involving Hanrahan could provide some much-needed help in other areas with Grilli poised to handle late-inning situations for a couple of years.
UPDATE – 4:40 PM:
Jon Heyman is reporting that Grilli’s deal is worth $6.75 million over the two years of the contract.