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Pirates rumors: Bucs await Jason Grilli's decision

Jason Grilli was one of Pittsburgh's most reliable relievers in 2012. But will the veteran right-hander return to Pittsburgh in 2013?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are still awaiting the decision of Jason Grilli, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh offered the veteran relief pitcher a two-year deal on Wednesday, but Grilli has not announced whether he will stay with the Pirates next season, or sign with another squad. The Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays have also offered similar deals for Grilli's services.

In 2012, Grilli excelled as the Pirates' primary set up man. With a 2.91 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, Grilli earned 32 holds, which was second-most in the National League. The tall righty also struck out 90 batters in just 58 ⅔ innings.

As Rob Biertempfel speculates, Grilli could be in line for closing duties if the Pirates decide to trade Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan is signed on for 2013, and is set to make $7 million. But when he becomes a free agent after next season, Hanrahan could ask for a big raise that the Pirates are unlikely to grant. Grilli has five career saves (he earned two last season) and just turned 36.

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