Remember Jason Grilli? Remember there was a time late last week when we gave a shit where this 36-year-old right-handed reliever (albeit, one coming off a pair of fantastic seasons) actually ended up?
Yeah, about that…
Source: Grilli back to #Pirates. Two-year deal. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2012
It’s nothing to lose sleep over, though I maintain that the Jays could certainly still use some more depth in the bullpen to make up for the losses of Jason Frasor, Brandon Lyon, and potentially Darren Oliver– the idea that there’s no room because guys like Jeffress, Rogers, Lincoln, Loup or Delabar couldn’t possibly be optioned, or exposed to waivers if they’re out of options, is pretty damn fanciful one.
More importantly, what the Grilli rumours portend is that there may actually be a little bit more cash in the Jays’ reserves for them to go out and make an acquisition that helps them. I’ve seen various media types insisting that’s not the case, but they make about as compelling a case as JP Arencibia does when he obstinately insists he knows he’s not going anywhere.
And then we have this nugget:
Grilli preferred Pirates. Turned down slightly bigger offers elsewhere to stay.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 10, 2012
We were being told late last week that Grilli was down to the Pirates, Jays and Cubs, and if we believe that, and we believe that there were bigger offers– plural– turned down, we might reasonably conclude that the Jays do still have some money to push other clubs around with.
That probably requires as big a leap as believing the other stuff, but no less. Not in my view, at least.
So… there’s that.