Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 hours 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
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
1 month 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.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
2 months ago

Grilli's lackluster performance has concerned Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Grilli, who has allowed five earned runs (and a pair of homers) over his last two outings, owns an outlandish 10.38 ERA and 1.96 WHIP through 8.2 innings this season. He's allowed a runner to reach base in eight of 11 games, and the set-up man currently holds a disappointing 10:7 K:BB. Gibbons has other late-game options if he'd like to explore that route. Joe Smith and Joe Biagini have both been solid, although the latter has run into a few speed bumps lately, too. Grilli will need to start doing a better job if he wants to remain a consistent option in high-leverage situations.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
2 months ago

Grilli allowed a hit and one walk, but struck out one Wednesday against the Red Sox en route to his first hold of the season.

EDGE Analysis

The 40-year-old earned 23 holds last season, but he's well off that pace early in the 2017 campaign. The biggest cause for the slow start is the poor performance of his team. Toronto has just three wins so far, the lowest total in all of MLB. Grilli's 1.41 WHIP through six appearances isn't encouraging, yet his 3.18 ERA over 5.2 innings is decent.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 months ago

Grilli logged his first save Thursday against the Rays by striking out both batters he faced.

EDGE Analysis

After serving up a home run in his first outing, Grilli turned things around in a big way to close out Thursday's contest. The veteran reliever entered the game with men on second and third with one out, and he managed to limit the damage to one run (albeit due to a wild pitch thrown by him). Thursday's outing showed just how good Grilli can be when he's on, so hopefully this version shows up more frequently than the no-control version of himself while he fills in as the closer for Roberto Osuna (neck).

Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 months ago

Grilli is likely to begin the season as Toronto's closer after Robert Osuna was placed on the 10-day DL, Jon Lott of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Osuna was able to pitch in spring training, so his placement on the DL is a surprise. Unless Osuna suffered a significant setback, Grilli may only be Toronto's closer for about ten days. And it's not totally clear that Grilli would get all the save chances. Still, Grilli looks to be the player to grab for saves in the near term.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
3 months ago

Grilli has allowed three runs on six hits -- including two home runs - through four Grapefruit League appearances.

EDGE Analysis

The 41-year-old has been worked into the mix slowly this spring, but look for him to ramp up the intensity over the final days of camp. Grilli's exhibition numbers are nothing to fret about, as the veteran is simply working on locating his fastball and building up his stamina. The Jays' set-up man can be counted on to rack up holds while contributing plenty of strikeouts in 2017.

Jason Grilli
RP FA
4 months ago

Grilli's usage will be closely monitored by manager John Gibbons this season to ensure that the veteran doesn't get overly fatigued, Steve Buffery of the National Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

In regards to his physical ability to pitch deep into the 2017 season, Grilli has responded to the plethora of doubters with a playful smile. "Why does everybody keep asking me if I was tired [last season]?" said Grilli. But the truth is, the 40-year-old fully understands that he isn't a pup anymore, even though he said he still feels like one. The right-hander's average fastball in 2016 (92.4 mph) was more than a tick below his previous season with the Braves when he notched 24 saves while posting a 2.94 ERA. "I got great genes," the personable pitcher added. "I'm Italian, a lot of olive oil running through the veins. There's a lot of fight in me. Hey, if Bartolo Colon can still do it, I best keep up." Grilli, who was traded to Toronto from the Braves in May will be the primary set-up man once again this season for the Jays. Owners can expect 20-plus holds and a handful of saves from Grilli during the 2017 campaign.