Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli

Jason Grilli (RP)

Toronto Blue Jays

Bats: R   Throws: R

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday, earning his first win as a Blue Jay and striking out two Clevelanders. Roberto Osuna saved the game in the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli has been quietly excellent since his trade from Atlanta to Toronto. In 11 2/3 innings he's allowed only three runs and struck out 21 while walking only five.

Category: Game Recaps

Jason Grilli came on to pitch the ninth of a 10-8 ballgame to earn his first save in a Jays uniform. Grilli ran into a little trouble, as he allowed a hit and two walks in the inning, however he was able to escape with only one run. Overall, Grilli allowed a run on one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli has become the Jays primary setup man since being acquired from the Atlanta Braves. A former All-Star closer, Grilli has become the handcuff to Roberto Osuna thanks to Drew Storen's early season struggles.

Category: , Game Recaps

Jason Grilli continues to impress as a Blue Jay, as he entered the ninth inning with the Jays up 11-6 and proceeded to strike out the side while allowing a lone hit.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli has now gone five straight games as a Blue Jay without allowing a run, and ten straight games split between the Braves and Jays without allowing a run. Grilli is quickly putting himself in position as Roberto Osuna's closer handcuff, should Osuna struggle or hit the DL at any point.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli has officially been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for prospect Sean Ratcliffe. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 39-year-old veteran has struggled this season with a 5.29 ERA. Grilli won't have any chance at earning saves with Roberto Osuna and Drew Storen already there, but could provide a veteran presence in a bullpen that currently sports a 3.89 ERA.

Category: , Transactions

The Blue Jays are close to acquiring veteran reliever Jason Grilli to help their ailing bullpen. The Braves will receive minor-leaguer Sean Ratcliffe. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is off to a not-so-great start for the Braves in 2016, with a 1-2 record and 5.29 ERA with two saves. He'll serve as the seventh inning man for Toronto's bullpen, so don't expect to see any more saves from Grilli without injuries or total meltdowns from Roberto Osuna and Drew Storen.

Category: , Transactions

Julio Teheran pitched a strong game with seven shutout innings, but things went sideways for the Braves in the 8th and 9th innings, leading to a tenth when the Braves scratched a run and Grilli was brought on to save the game. He did well, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout to seal the victory for the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli remains behind Arodys Vizcaino for closer duties, but he will see opportunities as well. He is doing much better after a shortened spring caused by his recovery from an Achilles injury last year.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli came in to start the tenth inning and didn't last long. He was credited with 1/3 of an inning and allowed two hits and two runs along with two walks and a strikeout. Grilli said afterwards that he is 'just rusty' in his return from an Achilles injury last year.

Fantasy Impact: It's not really clear why they haven't let Grilli get tuned up at Triple-A and allow the team a viable chance to earn wins instead of sending him into games when he clearly is not ready to pitch at this level. The Braves are a mess and this is just an example of that.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli is getting better and better as he continues his return from last year's injury. Today, he came in as the closer in the ninth inning and he allowed two hits and one run and recorded one strikeout. The run he allowed tied the game but in the top of the tenth the Braves scored and took the lead. Matt Wisler, yes, a Braves starter, came in and earned the save. So, Grilli earned the win as he was the pitcher of record but also the blown save from his work in the ninth.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli was pitching today as the closer because the team was resting Arodys Vizcaino, who had 35 pitches Friday night. Vizcaino is the regular closer, but he will share that duty with Grilli this season. It has been speculated the Grilli will be traded by the July deadline as this is his contract year and the Braves want to get some value for him.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli was called on because Arodys Vizcaino was not available. He made the ninth interesting, as he allowed a hit and a walk, but ended up striking out three to clinch the save and the victory.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is still looking for consistency in his return from an injury last season. For the most part, Vizcaino will get most of the ninth-inning work this season. Grilli is a trade chip as he is in his contract year and the Braves will want to get something in return for him prior to the July trade deadline.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli was brought in to close the game but wound up with a blown save against the Nats. He allowed two hits and one run in the ninth while walking one and recording one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is clearly not ready to assume the closer's role with the Braves. The hope is that coach Fredi Gonzalez sees that and will not repeat his terrible mistake of thinking otherwise. Arodys Vizcaino is clearly the best closer on the roster but Gonzalez was exercising loyalty instead of good judgment.

Category: , Game Recaps

The Braves appear poised to start the regular season using a committee approach to close games. Jason Grilli and Arodys Vizcaino will be used on a matchup basis in the 8th and 9th innings. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves' closer didn't figure to have much fantasy relevance this year anyway considering the team is rebuilding and expected to be one of the worst in the league from a record standpoint this year. Still, considering there are only 30 closers, if Grilli or Vizcaino wind up with the role as the primary option they would become more relevant.

It was just an efficient inning as Grilli recorded one strikeout and no balls left the infield today. He recorded one strikeout and feels good about coming back from a torn Achilles suffered last year. He said today, "Things are progressing as I expected. I just want to get a little more feel for some things. I’ve probably got four or five more outings. I’m right on track. I don’t want to do too much but in the same sense I’m trying to amp things up the best I can in all facets.” (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Fantasy Impact: Grilli, Arodys Vizcaino, and Jim Johnson are all going to be used by the Braves to start the season. If you draft or own Grilli, just be aware that this is his contract year and the Braves will likely trade him prior to the July deadline. In the meantime, the Braves are rebuilding and saves/holds will be limited by that process.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli's results were less than spectacular, allowing one hit, two runs, and one walk in the one-inning appearance, but the news is good. He felt comfortable with his pitches and looks forward to getting into shape for the season. Grilli is making a comeback from a torn Achilles suffered last year.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli, Arodys Vizcaino, and Jim Johnson will all be used in the closer's role to start the season. Whether or not coach Fredi Gonzalez will settle on one as the primary closer remains to be seen. Grilli is in his contract year, so it is likely the team will try to trade him before the July deadline.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli suffered his Achilles injury last July and has recovered nicely thus far. He is running and throwing off the mound and says he'll be the closer on Day 1. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grilli will have an interesting battle this spring with fellow reliever Arodys Vizcaino, who filled in rather well after the Achilles injury ended his season last year.

Category: , Injury Updates

Braves closer Jason Grilli will miss the remainder of 2015 with a ruptured achilles tendon. Grilli suffered the injury covering first base in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: This is a massive blow for the Braves and Jason Grilli owners. Jim Johnson will take over closing duty in Atlanta immediately and should be every Grilli owner's first move.

Category: , Injury Updates

Jason Grilli records 24th save

Wed, Jul 8th 8:57am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jason Grilli struck out the side on Wednesday versus the Brewers, recording save number 24 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Another day, another Jason Grilli save. While he has been outstanding in 2015, you have to wonder at which point he is going to be overworked. He has already thrown 33.2 innings in 2015, but has seen his workload go up with the Braves actually leading in some game of late.

Jason Grilli records 23rd save

Tue, Jul 7th 8:22am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jason Grilli recorded his 23rd save on Monday,

Fantasy Impact: Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth inning and dropped his ERA to 2.76. Simply put, Grilli has been a little boring in 2015, which is exactly what you want from your closers.

The Toronto Blue Jays are interested in acquiring Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. (Source: Nick Cafardo)

Fantasy Impact: Toronto is interested in acquiring bullpen help this summer. Grilli would cost less than other closers on the market, but he could still provide Toronto with a proven arm at the end of their bullpen. He'd likely remain a closer in Toronto, and considering a shift to a contender he could see more save opportunities. One negative for Grilli owners would be the shift to an extreme hitter's park.

Jason Grilli earns win in relief

Fri, Jul 3rd 9:28am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jason Grilli tossed another strong ninth inning on Thursday in a tight game against the Nationals. The Braves walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and Grilli was the winning pitcher.

Fantasy Impact: A bonus win for Grilli owners, who have had quite a week running the closer out there. In the past week he has one loss, one win and two saves.

Jason Grilli threw a perfect ninth inning in Atlanta on Wednesday, recording his 22nd save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: As an added bonus for his owners, Grilli also recorded two strikeouts. While he had a few rough outings of late, it's safe to assume Grilli is just fine to be a solid closer for the rest of the season.

Category: , Game Recaps

Jason Grilli allowed a walk and an RBI double in the ninth inning of the Braves' 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday, but still gained a save (his 21st) thanks to a two-run lead to start the inning.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli ended the Braves shutout bid and nearly lost Alex Wood's fifth win of the season before striking out Gregory Polanco to end the game. HIs last two appearances have been shaky but he is still not in trouble of losing his grasp on the Braves closer role.

Jason Grilli had a very poor outing on Friday, surrendering two hits and a walk and only recording one out, as he served up the game-winning walk off double to Jordy Mercer.

Fantasy Impact: It may be a hard to forgive blow-up for Grilli, who likely angered some fantasy owners last night looking for a win from him. He'll bounce back just fine.

Jason Grilli saves 20th game

Sun, Jun 21st 8:20am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jason Grilli pitched another solid ninth inning on Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out one as well.

Fantasy Impact: That makes save number 20 for Grilli in 2015. Coupled with an ERA of 2.73, it is safe to say Grilli is having an excellent season as they Braves refuse to fall out of contention in the National League East.

Jason Grilli records 18th save

Thu, Jun 18th 9:02am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jason Grilli continued his solid relief season last night, allowing one hit and adding a strikeout to record save number 18.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli's ERA dropped from 3.09 to 2.89, which is pretty excellent for a closer not named Aroldis these days. Continue to use him in confidence.

Jason Grilli recorded save number 17 on Monday night, allowing one run on two hits in the process.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli induced two quick fly outs to David Ortiz and Xander Boagerts, but then allowed a double to Pablo Sandoval. Andrelton Simmons followed with a rare throwing error and a single by Mookie Betts brought in Sandoval - so we cannot place all of the blame on Grilli for the run scoring, which was unearned. Continue to use Grilli with confidence.

Jason Grilli recorded a strikeout and a win on Saturday, pitching the 10th inning for the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli pitched the 10th and allowed Williams Perez to record his first ever save in the 11th. Grilli has been great of late and and should be viewed just below the top-tier of MLB closers.

Jason Grilli allowed two base runners in a tight game on Tuesday night, but managed his 16th save of the season in a late-inning victory over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli was a bit shaky - allowing a base hit and a walk - but managed to make it through the ninth without allowing the tying run. Grilli seems to get more of the one-run save opportunities than most closers, and is rarely given any breathing room to make mistakes. However, against these odds he still remains a quality closer option this season, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Grilli sent to a competitive team at the trade deadline to earn even more saves.

Jason Grilli had a rough night on Monday, allowing a double to Yonder Alonso and a throwing error to eventually lead to a game-tying sacrifice fly by Cory Spangenberg.

Fantasy Impact: It's not one of those ugly three-run home run walkoff blown saves, but still a blown save. Grilli only allowed the one hit to Alonso, but didn't help himself out at all by throwing the ball away on a pickoff attempt. Grilli has been fine all season and there is little to worry about, especially with his main competition is Jim Johnson.

After pitching the ninth inning in a tie game on Saturday, Christian Bethancourt hit his first home run, a walkoff, giving Jason Grilli his first win as a Brave.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli pitched well in the ninth inning of the tie game, recording a strikeout. The win was a bonus for fantasy managers in leagues that still count the outdated stat. Don't expect too many from Grilli, but expect the saves to keep rolling in.

Jason Grilli flirted with disaster on Wednesday night, surrendering a home run to Alex Guerrero and another hit to Andre Ethier. Luckily, he got himself out of trouble and the Braves won 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: Being a Jason Grilli owner can be a white-knuckle ride for fantasy managers, but for the most part, he gets the job done with limited damage. Still, there's always room to improve.

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth in a tight game on Sunday, recording his thirteenth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although he allowed a walk in the ninth, Grilli also struck out the side en route to his thirteenth save. If he continues to have save opportunities and come through as he did on Sunday afternoon, he will remain a very valuable reliever option throughout the season.

Jason Grilli pitched a clean ninth Friday night versus the Marlins, allowing only one run.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli owners can take a deep breath until his next outing. After some injury concern and a few poor outings, Grilli showed he can easily get through a save opportunity. Continue to use him, but watch the quality of his innings.

Jason Grilli came in to protect a tie game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, surrendering the winning run on two hits while only recording one out.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli was shaky in his last outing on May 6th, and has missed some time of late due to back spasms. He's not at his best right now, and Jim Johnson, Atlanta's set up man, has pitched well of late. The closer situation in Atlanta is worth keeping an eye on.

Great news for the Braves and their fans. Grilli has no known limitations and will be used tonight in a save situation. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: I'm pretty sure that more than a few fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief when hearing that all is well. He is still the best pickup of the year, hands down, at least so far.

Category: , Injury Updates

Jason Grilli is dealing with back spasms and is listed day-to-day. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seems like a couple of days rest and he'll be back. Jim Johnson should handle the work in his absence.

Category: , Injury Updates

Get this: He had Uggla at an 0-2 count and then Uggla, yes Dan Uggla, whom the Braves are still paying, hits a three-run bomb to take the lead in the ninth. Grilli will have these moments this year but hopefully he will retain his composure and return to peak form tomorrow. He allowed three hits, a walk, and a home run as the Nats went on to win 13-12.

Fantasy Impact: The magic was not to be tonight but owners should not fret. His job is very secure at the moment and there is no need to look elsewhere for a closer. He should be fine.

Category: , Game Recaps

He is 7-for-7 in saves and at 38, doing fine, thanks. He has stepped into the vacancy created in the Kimbrel trade and not skipped a beat. He carries a 1.59 ERA and 11/2 K/BB into the rubber match with the Phils tomorrow afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Those who were paying attention recently were able to grab Grilli off the waiver wire and are glad they did. They own one of the best closers in the game this year. A pleasant surprise for all.

Category: , Game Recaps

This guy has Braves fans asking Craig who? In reference to the Kimbrel trade with San Diego earlier this year. Grilli mowed them down in 1-2-3 fashion to notch his sixth save in six attempts. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance. He carries a nifty 1.80 ERA and has a 10/2 K/BB ratio in six innings work.

Fantasy Impact: Those who picked him up earlier are surely ecstatic over their decision. Grilli is proving all the doubters wrong each time he pitches and there is nothing to suggest the success won't continue.

Category: , Game Recaps

He slammed the door on the Blue Jays by retiring all three batters in a row in the -ninth inning, recording one strikeout. He is now 5-for-5 in save chances on the young season, carrying a 1.80 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP so far.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is proving to be quite the closer and probably leads fantasy baseball with the waiver wire pickup of the year so far.

Category: , Game Recaps

He made this one interesting, allowing a lead-off double to Martin Prado in the ninth inning as well as another hit and a walk. He ended up allowing one run, but recorded three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli has proven he has some left in the tank. Many have scooped him up but if available in your league, might as well ride the hot hand.

Category: , Game Recaps

He walked one but then got the next three out. Grilli is perfect thus far this season in save attempts and it seems he is fitting in nicely with his new role as closer.

Fantasy Impact: Those who jumped on Grilli and picked him up might have found the bargain of the year. If he is available in your league, pick him up.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli has been flawless in two save appearances thus far. He's earned a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP, while recording three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is owned in about 65% of leagues. Give him consideration if your still in need of saves.

Category: , Game Recaps

He was just named the closer today, after the trade with San Diego yesterday sent Craig Kimbrel to the Padres. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Morse, and then Martin Prado lined out to earn the save.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli still has some gas in the tank, but should he falter, Jim Johnson will step in. Grilli, 38, is certainly a fantasy add now if some had doubts about his ability. Although he regressed last year, he had a good spring and should be set to carry the load this year.

Category: , Game Recaps

Grilli will assume the duties vacated by the departed Craig Kimbrel in Sunday's blockbuster trade with San Diego. His last productive year was in 2013 with the Pirates, when he had 33 saves. Grilli is 38 years old but he pitched well this spring, with a 2.25 ERA along with a 0.75 WHIP over eight innings. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He has value in most fantasy formats simply because he will get you saves this year. While certainly not elite he can be added if still available. Jim Johnson will serve as the setup man for holds. The downside is saves and holds will be somewhat limited for the Braves this season.

Braves reportedly trade RP Kimbrel, OF Upton to Padres for OFs Maybin, Quentin and draft pick. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With Kimbrel out of the picture, Grilli will likely become the closer of the Braves. Even with the Braves possibly struggling this season, if he's available on waivers, put in your claim now.

Category: , Transactions

Both have had good springs which provides some relief to skipper Fredi Gonzalez. Grilli has a 3.00 ERA with a .83 WHIP, along with seven strikeouts and no walks while Johnson has a 1.69 ERA along with a 1.61 WHIP, along with one strikeout and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves will struggle to get to .500 this year and that limits the fantasy value of either player. That and some sort platoon in the role further restricts any upside. However, both will score holds for those insistent on rostering one or both.

Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Grilli has thrown 5 innings this Spring and has a 1.80 ERA, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli should serve as Craig Kimbrel's primary setup man but will likely have very little fantasy value unless Kimbrel is injured. Grilli finished 2014 with an even 4.00 ERA and 57 Ks in 54 innings. He may hold some value in leagues that count holds, but you can likely find a better option on a team that will win more games.

Grilli will get a 2-yr deal with a club option for a third. He got better down the stretch for the Halos, ending the year with a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the year. After being traded by the Pirates to the Angels. he had a 2.12 ERA, 29 Ks and 7 BBs in his first 34 games in Anaheim. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He will be a setup guy for closer Craig Kimbrel. Grilli essentially replaces Jordan Walden, who went over to the Cards with Jason Heyward in a previous trade. His fantasy value will be limited to those leagues where holds are valued.