Jason Grilli RP LAA 27 Days

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.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Jason Grilli has been removed from the Pirates' closer role.

Manager Clint Hurdle indicated Thursday that Grilli might be on thin ice, and he's now officially decided to make a change. The 37-year-old has allowed five runs on eight hits and five walks over his last 6 2/3 innings of work, pushing his ERA up to 4.34. Mark Melancon will take over as the Pirates' primary closer, though Tony Watson could also receive the occasional save chance.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Thursday that Jason Grilli's status as the closer will be evaluated.

Hurdle didn't say that Grilli was being removed from the role, but he didn't offer a strong defense either. The 37-year-old hasn't been nearly as dominant this season and has allowed five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and five walks over 6 2/3 innings of work, so it might be time to give him a break, at least for a little while. Mark Melancon is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Jason Grilli gave up a solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning Thursday to blow a save against the Reds.

While it was his first blown save since way back on April 20, Grilli simply hasn't looked right this month. He has allowed five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and five walks over 6 2/3 innings of work. Mark Melancon continues to pitch well and filled in admirably as the closer earlier this year, so Grilli could soon find himself on the hot seat in Pittsburgh.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Jason Grilli fell to 0-2 after allowing a tie-breaking solo home run in the top of the ninth in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Grilli was victimized by Todd Frazier, who took him out to center field to put the Reds on top 6-5. The 37-year-old reliever hasn't been automatic since returning from the disabled list on May 23. On the season, Grilli owns a 4.08 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and a 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Jason Grilli picked up a one-out save in the Pirates' defeat of the Marlins on Saturday in Miami.

Grilli was part of an ugly ninth inning on Friday night, but he put a stop to another Marlins rally today. The right-hander has 11 saves on the season for Pittsburgh.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 1 Month

Jason Grilli was pulled after allowing one hit and three walks in the ninth inning against the Marlins on Friday.

It was a nightmare inning for the Pirates, as Justin Wilson, Grilli, and Mark Melancon combined to give up four runs on one hit and six walks to send the game to extras. Grilli ended up being charged with two runs. Melancon was credited with the blown save after he walked in the tying run, but he managed to strike out Marcello Ozuna to get out of the jam. The Pirates eventually won the game in 13 innings.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 2 Months

Jason Grilli was able to escape from a dangerous situation and picked up his eighth save of the season in Sunday's victory over the Dodgers.

The veteran right-hander made things interesting by issuing a pair of two-out walks to Justin Turner and Jamie Romak, and an RBI single to Scott Van Slyke that put the tying runs on base, before he got Dee Gordon to line out to end the ballgame. He has been re-installed as the Pirates primary option in the ninth inning, but if he struggles they could easily turn back to Mark Melancon who excelled while Grilli was sidelined.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 2 Months

Jason Grilli returned to the closer's role with a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 6-3 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

Grilli served up a ground-rule double to Justin Turner but otherwise went undisturbed. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced on Thursday that Grilli would get his closer's job back, shifting Mark Melancon back into the eighth inning. That's where Melancon pitched a scoreless frame tonight, bridging things to Grilli. The veteran closer has struck out at least one batter in eight straight appearances. Grilli shouldn't get too comfortable in the ninth inning, as Melancon has been one of the league's best relievers this year.

Jason Grilli RP LAA 2 Months

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday said that Jason Grilli will resume his role as the team's closer.

Mark Melancon had been handling the ninth inning while Grilli eased back into things in his return from the disabled list. "He's ready to go," Hurdle said, "and everyone will move up accordingly. The biggest challenge will be to help Jason with his health -- this being his second injury."