Jason Grilli, Pirates agree to terms

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pirates will keep their setup man for the next two years.

After what seemed like weeks of hedging, Jason Grilli is coming back to the Bucs. Ken Rosenthal reports -- and other sources are confirming -- that setup man Grilli has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Pirates.

This is a helpful move, in that it covers what had been a patchy Pirates bullpen, but we'll have to see the financial terms, which have not yet been released. It's worth remembering that the Pirates acquired Grilli himself for practically free less than two years ago. Relievers are fungible, and their performance tends to vary wildly from season to season. At age 36, there's no reason to think Grilli is immune from that, even though he was fantastic last season.

Anyway, the Pirates may trade Joel Hanrahan, who is set to earn about $7 million in his last year before becoming a free agent. The signing of Grilli allows the Pirates to consider that possibility a bit more strongly.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.