GRILLI NOT LIKELY BACK WITH PIRATES?
Jason Grilli has found a comfort zone in Pittsburgh near the tail end of his career but if the market develops for the 35 year old receiving multi-year offers like his camp is seeking, his days in Pittsburgh are likely numbered.
GM Neal Huntington is not a believer in paying relievers, especially non-closers, and the Pirates are believed to only be interested in a one year deal with Grilli, who according to a MLB source, has drawn interest from up to five teams so far. Grilli is expected to give the Pirates a chance to match any offer.
Working as the Pirates 8th inning reliever in 2012, Grilli posted a 2.90 ERA and had 90 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings. Grilli was second in the NL in holds with 32.
Manager Clint Hurdle has been a strong advocate for the Pirates retaining Grilli, sources say, and you can’t rule out Hurdle being able to push Huntington to go two years for Grilli like he did with Clint Barmes last off-season when Huntington only wanted to go one year.