Grilli, Bucs agree to terms on one-year contract

Jason Grilli will be back in the Pirates’ bullpen next season, having secured his spot on the club by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with Pittsburgh. According to, the contract will pay Grilli $1.1 million in 2012.

After beginning the 2011 season in the Phillies’ Minor League system, Grilli was granted his release on July 19 so that he could sign with Pittsburgh two days later. He went on to make 28 appearances and post a 2.48 ERA with the Pirates. Grilli, 35, struck out 37 and walked 15 in those 32 2/3 innings.

The right-hander quickly worked his way into a set-up role and was scored upon just twice in his final 19 appearances.

— Jenifer Langosch

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