The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 10, 2012

Pirates sign reliever Grilli to 2-year deal

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million.

The 36-year-old Grilli has enjoyed a career renaissance in Pittsburgh since originally signing with the Pirates in July 2011. He went 1-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 64 games in 2012 and struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings, fourth-best in the National League.

Accoding to the Pirates website, the team will likely wait to officially announce the signing until PiratesFest, which takes place this weekend.

The contract doubles the amount of what Grilli made in his previous 10 seasons playing in the major leagues.

The signing also gives the Pirates some flexibility in the bullpen next year in case it ever decides to part ways with closer Joel Hanrahan.

Grilli has spent the majority of his career as a middle reliever but has struggled staying healthy until arriving in Pittsburgh. He has been a mainstay in the seventh and eighth innings with the Pirates because of his ability to get strikeouts in key situations.