Atlanta Braves sign Jason Grilli to two-year deal

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Jason Grilli on a major-league contract, sources have told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal also reports that the Braves’ deal with Grilli is for two years, with a team option for the 2017 season.

Mark Bowman of spoke to someone who is familiar with the negotiations and was told that Grilli is guaranteed to make at least $8 million. Bowman says that Grilli will be paid $4.25 million during the 2015 campaign and $3.5 million during the 2016 campaign, as well as a team option for the 2017 campaign worth $3 million if exercised and $250,000 if bought out.

The 38-year-old right-hander had been pursued by multiple clubs this offseason, ultimately landing in Atlanta. For the Braves, Grilli will likely serve as Craig Kimbrel‘s set-up man, as the role has been vacated since the team traded away Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals.

During the 2014 season, split between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels, Grilli pitched to a 0-2 record, along with a 4.00 ERA in 62 appearances out of the bullpen.

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