On the chance David Robertson doesn’t return to the Yankees, the team is going to need a backup plan to replace him in the bullpen. If they don’t feel comfortable with Dellin Betances in the closer role, it’s possible the Yankees could sign a free agent from the market in order to give the bullpen some depth. So which name is being tied to the Yankees this time? Jason Grilli, of course.
According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have discussed potentially signing Jason Grilli to join their bullpen should Robertson not return.
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Should the Yankees end up losing Robertson, they will be looking for another bullpen arm, even if it’s not specifically as a closer. There will be a long list of names to consider should that happen, especially once the non-tender guys hit the market next month. One name that has already been discussed by Yankee brass and likely will be again if necessary is Jason Grilli.
Grilli is a well-traveled 38-year old right-hander who was an All-Star closer for Pittsburgh in 2013, but tailed off and was traded away in 2014. Grilli, a local boy from Seton Hall, pitched for the Tigers against the Yankees in the 2006 Division Series. He faced just one batter in the entire series, retiring Gary Sheffield on a ground out in Game 1. Why is that even slightly interesting? Because Sheffield is now Grilli’s agent.
Grilli was 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.333 WHIP while with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels in 2014.
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