Middle relievers are never the sexiest names available during the offseason, but it’s hard to dispute just how important a solid bullpen is to a team’s success. For that reason, it’s shouldn’t be too surprising that Jason Grilli is reportedly drawing interest from nearly a third of the league.
Grilli, who just turned 36, has transformed into a solid reliever the past two seasons in Pittsburgh after spending the bulk of his career as a journeyman. Now, according to The Boston Globe, the right-hander is drawing interest from eight teams, including the Red Sox.
“We have three offers right now.” Grilli’s agent, former major leaguer Gary Sheffield, reportedly said. “We’re not in a hurry. There are some things we want to look at a little further. We’re not sure the market has fully developed for Jason.”
Grilli appeared in 64 games with the Pirates in 2012, recording a 2.91 ERA and a 1.142 WHIP over 58 2/3 innings. The righty has a career record of 21-25 with a 4.34 ERA in 330 appearances (16 starts).
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