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.
Source: Jason Grilli to #Braves.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 24, 2014
Mark Bowman of MLB.com 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.
Grilli will receive $4.25M in 2015 and $3.5M in 2016. He has a $3M option for 2017 ($250K buyout). Contract includes a $250K signing bonus
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 24, 2014
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.