Grilli Returns to the Pirates

by kelly on December 11, 2012

After exploring free agency for a few weeks, veteran reliever Jason Grilli has decided to stay in Pittsburgh. He signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million, Jon Heyman of tweets.

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The 36-year-old right hander reportedly had higher dollar offers elsewhere but decided to stay where he was most comfortable. He has been in the big leagues since 2000 and had bounced around between five different teams before signing as a free agent with Pittsburgh in 2011. He has enjoyed some of his best success with the Pirates, emerging as a dominant setup man. He had a 2.91 ERA in 58 2/3 innings last season, setting up for Joel Hanrahan. Grilli could get a chance to close next season if the Pirates decide to trade Hanrahan, an idea that has been kicked around for awhile.

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