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Jason Grilli Returns to Pirates on a Two Year Deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Jason Grilli is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a two-year deal, pending a physical.

I assume this time it’s real, unlike last Thursday which was full of “he’s signing”, followed by Grilli denying each report. I only assume this one is real because Rosenthal wasn’t involved in the reporting last Thursday, but was providing the best updates on the situation leading up to that date.

I think the question to ask now is “what happens with Joel Hanrahan?”

UPDATE 4:00 PM: If there was any doubt this time, several other writers are confirming the deal. No financial details yet.

UPDATE 4:03 PM: Bob Nightengale reports that Grilli turned down more money from another team to stay with the Pirates.

Danny Knobler with the same information.

UPDATE 4:41 PM: Grilli gets $7 M over two years.

UPDATE 4:53 PM: Bill Brink has the exact figure.

UPDATE 5:16 PM: Two interesting notes from Bob Nightengale on the negotiations.

So in the span of less than a year we’ve seen the Yankees salary dump A.J. Burnett to the Pirates, the Pirates out-bid the Yankees for Russell Martin, and Jason Grilli take less to play for the Pirates rather than the Blue Jays. The only word I can think of is “Mayans”.

UPDATE 2:40 P.M. TUESDAY — Terms of the deal for Grilli include a $500K signing bonus, $2.25M in 2013 and $4M in 2013.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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