Reliever Jason Grilli close to returning to Pirates
The Pirates are close to landing free-agent closer Jason Grilli in a two-year deal worth between $3 million and $3.5 million, according CBSSports.com sources.
Grilli had been seeking a three-year deal, but each of the clubs is checking in with two years for roughly the same money. With the offers so close, Grilli is said to favor returning to the Pirates, where he pitched the past two seasons.
If the Cubs or one of the other clubs produces a three-year offer, Grilli still could have a change of heart. He is expected to decide at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Grilli was a dominant reliver for the Bucs last season, striking out 90 in 58 2/3 innings. He was 1-6 with a 2.91 ERA overall in 64 appearances for the Bucs last season.
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