Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 months ago

Grilli retired three of the four batters he faced in Tuesday's 12-2 win over the Astros, working around a double to turn in a scoreless ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli has turned in three scoreless outings in a row, but don't expect him to gain much traction in higher-leverage situations in the near future with his ERA still sitting at 5.65 for the season. The fact that the 40-year-old was used in the ninth inning of a 10-run game speaks to his low standing in the bullpen pecking order.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 months ago

Grilli pitched the seventh inning in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets, surrendering one run on one hit and one walk and striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI double off Grilli gave the Mets a 5-3 lead at the time, which would prove to be the decisive run after the Rangers' Robinson Chirinos made things interesting in the ninth inning with a solo blast. While the loss doesn't fall on Grilli's shoulders, he has yet to established himself as a reliable option in the late innings for Texas since coming over in an early-July trade with the Blue Jays. In his 10 appearances with the club, he's allowed six runs (five earned) and has walked six batters over 10 frames.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
4 months ago

Grilli recorded just one out during his relief appearance in Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Marlins and was charged with four runs on two hits and two walks.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli was roughed up more than any of the other five relievers the Rangers used on the night, but his ugly appearance will likely fly under the radar after starter Yu Darvish was lit up for a career-high 10 runs in what could have been his final outing as a member of the Rangers. Prior to the disastrous showing, Grilli hadn't allowed an earned run in his 10 appearances with Texas, so manager Jeff Banister shouldn't have too many reservations about turning back to the veteran reliever in the future.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
4 months ago

Grilli (2-5) took the loss Sunday in Kansas City after allowing the winning run on two hits and one walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli was acquired from the Blue Jays earlier this month to shore up Texas' disastrous bullpen, but this outing suggests he isn't an upgrade in high-leverage situations. Tasked with pitching the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, Grilli promptly loaded the bases with one out. He gave Rangers fans hope by striking out Jorge Bonifacio, only to take it away by serving up the game-winning hit to Lorenzo Cain.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
5 months ago

Grilli tossed a perfect inning in his team debut during Monday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox in 11 innings. He struck out two batters and induced a flyout.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli, who was acquired from the Blue Jays on Sunday, was added to the 25-man roster Monday, replacing Dario Alvarez in the Texas bullpen. The Rangers recently demoted Matt Bush from the closer's role and placed Bush's top potential replacement, Keone Kela (shoulder), on the disabled list Monday, so it wouldn't be surprising if Grilli entered the mix for saves on a short-term basis once he gets a few appearances under his belt.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
5 months ago

Grilli was traded Sunday to the Rangers along with cash considerations in exchange for minor-league outfielder Eduard Pinto, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers pulled Matt Bush from the closing role after he allowed three runs and recorded just one out Friday against the White Sox, so Grilli enters a Texas bullpen that's ripe with opportunity. It's unlikely that he'll factor into the closing mix right away, however, especially after the Blue Jays designated him for assignment last week after posting a 6.97 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 20.2 innings. Still, given that he possesses the most prior closing experience of any pitcher on the Rangers' staff, it wouldn't be surprising if Grilli ultimately saw some save chances if none of the team's internal options are able to seize control of the closing role. Grilli will join the team ahead of Monday's home opener against the Red Sox and will likely be ticketed for middle-relief work initially.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
5 months ago

Grilli was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

The 40-year-old posted a 6.97 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 23 strikeouts over 20.2 innings of work with the Blue Jays this season. Grilli struggled in spring training and hit rock bottom when he allowed four home runs to the Yankees in early June, but could still see some interest bullpen needy teams.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
6 months ago

Grilli recorded two outs while allowing four solo home runs Saturday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

According to The Associated Press, Grilli became the first reliever in team history to surrender four long balls in a single inning. The veteran is not in a good place, as evidenced by the reliever -- who's typically a good sport with the press -- refusing to speak to reporters after the game. It's safe to say Grilli holds no fantasy value at this point.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
6 months ago

Manager John Gibbons said that he still wants Grilli to take on a high-leverage role out of the bullpen -- a job he was recently demoted from -- but noted that the reliever needs to work out some kinks before that happens, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli struggled through most of the season so far, but he's beginning to show signs of rounding into form. "I do think he looks better. I think his velocity is coming back a little bit," Gibbons said. "I think his slider's better. That's what was worrying me a little bit, the slider. It started to roll a little bit or getting the big sweeping one. And that's always been the pitch he would go to when behind the count, he can drop that in at will, a good one. But he looks a lot better." Grilli logged 21 holds in 46 games with Toronto last year, but relinquished his set-up role this season to Joe Smith after racking up three losses and a 10.38 ERA in his first 10 appearances. Even with Gibbons' encouraging words, the veteran is no longer in control of his own fate. Smith has been dominant in the eighth-inning role, and Grilli won't get that job back unless the former slips up at some point.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
6 months ago

Grilli (7.71 ERA and 1.79 WHIP) will be moved into a low-leverage role, and Joe Smith will take over the team's setup duties, the Jays Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli's spring training struggles carried over into the regular season. Now in his 12th MLB campaign, the veteran has posted career-worst numbers through 18 appearances. Despite entering the season with high hopes for another year of 20-plus holds, and even a possibility at double-digit saves, Grilli has transitioned into a role unworthy of a fantasy roster spot.