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39 Jason Grilli RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 11/11/1976 | Birthplace: Royal Oak, MI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Seton Hall | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 88/75 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves P Jason Grilli shuts door on Reds for eighth save of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli picked up his eighth save of the season during the Braves' 4-3 win over the Reds on Friday.

Grilli entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead and only allowed a single to Brayan Pena before recording the final three outs. He also struck out one batter and his ERA now stands at 4.00.


Jason Grilli blows save, takes loss for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Braves closer Jason Grilli blew his first save of the season, allowing three runs in the ninth inning to lose a two-run lead and the game to Washington. 

Grilli allowed three hits and walked a batter, while striking out two. Dan Uggla's three-run homer was the big blow. 

Grilli dropped to 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.


Braves pitcher Jason Grilli adds seventh save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth inning in Atlanta's 5-2 win over the Phillies Saturday, leading to his seventh save of the season. 

Grilli needed just 13 pitches to dispose of Philadelphia's hitters in the inning, including a strikeout of Ryan Howard. Grilli now boasts a 1.29 ERA with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.


Braves' Jason Grilli earns sixth save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Braves closer Jason Grilli picked up his sixth save Sunday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on his team's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Grilli threw eight of his nine pitches for strikes Sunday, delivering his second straight perfect outing since giving up a run in a save Monday. He owns a 1.50 ERA and 10:2 K:BB ratio in six innings.


Braves RP Jason Grilli picks up fifth save of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli earned his fifth save of the season during a 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Grilli came in during the ninth inning with a one run lead and got the first two outs, but he then walked Edwin Encarnacion. He was then able to get Dioner Navarro to ground out to end the game.

Grilli is now a perfect five for five on save opportunities this season with a 1.80 ERA.


Braves' Jason Grilli avoids disaster to record fourth save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Braves closer Jason Grilli nearly blew a save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth inning in Monday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. 

Grilli entered the game with the Braves leading 3-1. However, Grilli gave up one run with two outs after Adeiny Hechavarria hit an RBI single to score Jacob Realmuto. But with Hechavarria on second, Grilli was able to strike out Jeff Baker for the game's final out. 

While he gave up a run and a walk, all three of Grilli's outs were strikeouts. 

This is Grilli's fourth save of the season. He now holds an ERA of 2.25. 


Jim Johnson gets win, Jason Grilli save in Braves win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Jim Johnson earned a win for the Braves in relief, and Jason Grilli recorded his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Mets. 

Johnson allowed one hit and struck out three in a scoreless eighth inning. The Braves then rallied to break open a tie game in the bottom of the inning. 

Grilli struck out one and walked one in a scoreless ninth. He's saved three of the Braves four wins this season, and the walk was the first baserunner he's allowed in three innings. 


Jason Grilli strikes out two to earn first save as Braves closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Prior to Monday's season opener against the Marlins, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Jason Grilli would be the team's new closer in the wake of the Craig Kimbrel trade. Gonzalez wasted little time using Grilli in his new role.

The right-hander picked up his first save of the season in a 2-1 win Monday. He retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth inning, which included strikeouts of Giancarlo Stanton and Michael Morse.


Braves go with Jason Grilli as closer, Jim Johnson as setup man


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Reliever Jason Grilli will take over as the Braves closer following the trade of Craig Kimbrel, manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Monday. Gonzalez added Jim Johnson will be used in a setup role, but he will be the backup closer if Grilli needs a day off.

Both Grilli and Johnson have closer experience. Grilli was an All-Star closer for the Pirates in 2013 and has 50 career saves. Johnson was an All-Star closer for the Orioles in 2012. He has 124 career saves, including back-to-back seasons of 50 or more saves in 2012 and 2013.


Braves planning to add Brandon Cunniff to bullpen


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) After trading closer Craig Kimbrel, the Braves now have an open spot in their bullpen. 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the Braves will add Brandon Cunniff , who was recently optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Cunniff will join the team before Monday's Opening Day game. 

Braves general manager said Jim Johnson and Jason Grilli could possibly close games, with the team looking at Juan Jaime for that role down the road. 


Braves' Jason Grilli shines in efficient inning Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli needed just nine pitches to retire three batters in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, and his fastball hit 93 mph on the radar gun in the inning of work, MLB.com reports.

"I feel good,'' Grilli said. "Knowing thy self is the key in this game. As soon as you start riding your high horse, that low branch hits you. This game isn't that easy.''

Grilli has allowed one run in two innings this spring while striking out two and walking none.

"He's been great,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's been great in our clubhouse. It's small here, so you notice everything, and every time I see him in the clubhouse, he has a young guy in his corner, talking to him about baseball.''


Braves announce signings of Grilli, Outman, Pierzynski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Braves officially announced the signings of reliever Jason Grilli, reliever Josh Outman and catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Grilli spent the 2014 season with the Pirates and Angels. He went 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves.

The 30-year-old Outman spent time with the Indians and Yankees last season, going 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 40 relief outings.

The 38-year-old Pierzynski played for the Red Sox and Cardinals in '14, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.


Braves to sign pitcher Jason Grilli


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Braves will sign pitcher Jason Grilli, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal was initially reported by FoxSports.com.

The 38-year-old Grilli posted a 4.00 ERA over 54 innings last year. The deal is for two seasons, and contains an option for a third year. Grilli is set to make about $8 million.

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Jason Grilli's reps still talking to the Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Free agent reliever Jason Grilli and the Yankees are still open to discussions about the veteran reliever being part of the team's bullpen, one of Grilli's agents told NJ.com on Thursday.

"We last spoke during the (Winter Meetings) and the door is still open to discussions," said Xavier D. James, who co-represents Grilli with retired outfielder Gary Sheffield. "We will be patient."

The 12-year vet Grilli spent the 2014 season with the Pirates and Angels, going 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves in 62 appearances. He was an All-Star closer for the Pirates in 2013.


Yankees have discussed adding Jason Grilli


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Yankees have discussed adding reliever Jason Grilli, according to CBSNewYork.

The team would likely only look at Grilli if David Robertson signs elsewhere. The 38-year-old Grilli posted a 4.00 ERA over 54 innings with the Pirates and Angels last season. 


Jason Grilli blasted in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli took a loss Tuesday, giving up four earned runs while recording just one out in his team's 13-2 defeat against the Mariners.

Grilli (1-3) walked a batter and hit another batter to open up the fifth inning, and after a sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position, he gave up back-to-back doubles to bring three runs home, getting himself pulled from the game with a man still in scoring position. That runner would come around to score, leaving him with his worst performance since joining the Angels. Grilli owns a 4.03 ERA and 51:19 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Jason Grilli picks up first save with new club


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli picked up his first save since joining the club Thursday.

Grilli entered with a two-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He struck out the first batter he faced, and induced a flyout and a groundout to end the game. Huston Street was unavailable after pitching the past two days. It was Grilli's 12th save of the season, and first since becoming a member of the Angels. 


Jason Grilli picks up a win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Angels reliever Jason Grilli managed to snag a win Wednesday against the Blue Jays. 

Grilli wound up being a victim of circumstance. After tossing a scoreless inning in the seventh, Albert Pujols put the team on top in the bottom of the inning. The Angels were able to hang on, giving Grilli the win. He's now 1-1 on the year. 


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Jason Grilli takes first loss with new team Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Angels pitcher Jason Grilli was stuck with his first loss with his new team Sunday, giving up an unearned run on one hit and striking out one in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Royals.

Grilli (0-3) struck out the first batter he faced, but after hitting the next batter, he saw the lead runner reach third on a botched fielder's choice. The decisive run would come home on a single by the following batter. Grilli owns a 4.57 ERA and 23:11 K:BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings between his two teams.


Angels swap out one shaky closer for another


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) The more manager Mike Scioscia insisted he didn't want Joe Smith confined to closing, the more apparent it became the Angels had to make a trade. So they finally did Friday, swapping out perpetual headache Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli.

The problem is Grilli hasn't been so reliable himself. He may have been an All-Star in the role last year and was nothing short of lights-out before hurting his forearm midseason. But since then, in 31 appearances between this year and last, he has a 4.82 ERA and 1.68 WHIP.

In fact, the Pirates recently removed him from the closer role, replacing him with Mark Melancon.

Now, maybe the Angels thought that move was premature. Maybe they believe they can resuscitate Grilli somehow. He still has good stuff, so I wouldn't put it past them. But while Frieri is obviously a non-factor in mixed leagues now, I wouldn't be so quick to drop Smith in leagues where saves are scarce.


Angels, Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri for Jason Grilli


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) The Angels and Pirates swapped deposed closers Friday, with Ernesto Frieri heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jason Grilli.

Both pitchers began the season as their team's respective closers, but were replaced due to struggles. Frieri has a 6.39 ERA in 31 innings, with 11 saves in 14 chances, while Grillie has a 4.87 ERA in 20 1/3 innings, with 11 saves in 15 tries. At this point, neither pitcher's role for his new team has been defined. 


Jason Grilli out as Pittsburgh closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Recent struggles have ended the run as closer for Pirates right-hander Jason Grilli. It appears likely that Mark Melancon will take over that role with Tony Watson possibly receiving a few chances.

Clint Hurdle indicated that Grilli is being cast aside in that role only temporarily, per the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He is 11 for 15 in save opportunities, but has given up four runs and three walks in his last three innings pitched covering four appearances. His ERA has skyrocketed from 2.84 to 4.31 during that period.


Jason Grilli blows save No. 4; change could come to closer's role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Pirates closer Jason Grilli's struggled continued, as he blew his fourth save of the season Thursday against the Reds.

Though they would go on to win 4-3 in extra-innings, Grilli made it unnecessarily difficult by allowing a solo home run to Devin Mesoraco to tie the game in the ninth. He allowed two hits overall in the innings, while retiring the side on 17 pitches after blowing the save.

Grilli has not been sharp recently, allowing four runs in his last 2 2/3 innings of work. He has not struck out a batter since June 3, a span of six appearances over more than two weeks. After the blown save, his fourth in 15 tries, manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the organization will review the closer role moving forward.  


Jason Grilli takes loss Tuesday vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Pitching in a nonsave situation, Pirates closer Jason Grilli took a loss Tuesday after giving up one earned run on two hits in one inning of action in his team's 6-5 defeat against the Reds.

Grilli (0-2) was brought in to pitch the top of the ninth with the score tied 5-5, but he surrendered a critical solo home run to Todd Frazier. It was the third home run Grilli has allowed this season. He owns a 4.08 ERA and 17:10 K:BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.