Jason Grilli RP ATL 1 week ago

Grilli struck out two during a scoreless ninth on the way to his sixth save of the young season on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

The trade that sent Craig Kimbrel to San Diego did wonders for Grilli's fantasy value and he has been great to start the season, picking up a save in each of his six apearances and posting a 1.50 ERA to go along with 10 strikeouts. A surprisingly competitive Braves team has yielded plenty of save opportunities thus far for Grilli and he is among the top fantasy relievers out there as long as he continues to pile up the K's as well.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 weeks ago

After Jim Johnson earned the save Saturday, it was Grilli who earned his fourth save of the year Monday.

Grilli did allow a run on two hits, but was able to close the door by striking out three Marlins in his inning. The veteran has been off to a strong start this season and should be able to hold down the closer role if the first few games have been any indication.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 2 weeks ago

Grilli notched his third save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Mets on Friday night. He walked one and struck out one.

Following the trade of Craig Kimbrel the day before the season began, Grilli was named the closer for the Braves and has done nothing to tarnish that title. Jim Johnson, the most likely replacement should Grilli falter, pitched a strong eighth inning as the surprising Braves kept their 2015 season perfect.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli struck out a pair and tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Marlins to secure his first save opportunity of the season.

Following the surprising trade of Craig Kimbrel to San Diego on Sunday night, the Braves had an unexpected vacancy in the closer role. Jim Johnson tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in front of Grilli, and he's likely the next in line to finish out games for the Braves if Grilli scuffles in the near future. Grilli was sitting at 94-95 mph with his fastball during his outing Monday.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

Grilli will serve as the Braves' closer to begin the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This was widely expected after the club traded Craig Kimbrel to San Diego on Sunday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Monday that Grilli will close with Jim Johnson serving in a setup role. As the next in line, Johnson will likely get some opportunities on days when Grilli is off.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 3 weeks ago

The Braves traded Craig Kimbrel to the Padres on Sunday. The Braves haven't announced a new closer yet, but Grilli has the most closing experience remaining on the roster.

Grilli struggled early last season, but he recovered nicely after getting dealt to the Angels. He'll be a bottom-tier closer on the Braves, but he's got the best chance on that team of getting the saves.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 4 months ago1 Comment

Grilli agreed to a two-year contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

An All-Star in 2013, Grilli battled an oblique injury en route to a 4.87 ERA and 1.62 ERA in 22 appearances with the Pirates to begin 2014, losing his job as closer in the process. He was able to recoup some value after being dealt to the Angels in late June (3.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP), and will now head to Atlanta to compete with Jim Johnson, David Carpenter and Shae Simmons for the top right-handed setup role behind Craig Kimbrel.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 8 months ago

Grilli allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work Friday, resulting in his fourth loss of the season against the A's.

Grilli relieved Hector Santiago in the sixth inning of a tie game Friday, and allowed a triple and a sacrifice fly to pick up his second loss of the season as a member of the Angels. Despite the rough outing, Grilli has performed well with his new squad, tallying a 2.78 earned-run average in 22.2 innings.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 8 months ago

Grilli worked a clean inning with a strikeout to notch his 12th save of the season against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Grilli tallied his first save as a member of the Halos Thursday, as an overworked Houston Street received a night off. The 37-year-old has been a solid reliever this season, having not allowed an earned run in his last nine appearances, but has little chance seeing save opportunities when Street is available.

Jason Grilli RP ATL 10 months ago

Angels acquired RHP Jason Grilli in exchange for RHP Ernesto Frieri.

It's a swap of struggling right-handed relievers who were recently demoted from their respective closer's roles. The change of scenery should be a welcomed change for each hurler, though they are each likely to begin in setup roles with their new ballclubs. Should Grilli pitch well in his first few outings, it's conceivable that he could work his way into the mix for save chances.