The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to pick up the club option of veteran right-hander Jason Grilli for the 2017 season, according to a report from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca on Saturday afternoon. There has been lots of talk about this particular subject since the club's season came to an end following a loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS.
This was something that general manager Ross Atkins has been rather adimment about as well as president Mark Shapiro given the success he has had with the Blue Jays since his acquisition from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for a minor leaguer after a failure to work out as initially planned.
Grilli, 39, has been nothing but excellent since the sudden transition as he completed the season with a 4.12 ERA in a total of 67 games played, while having given up 44 total hits in 59 innings of work. This was part of the club's bullpen which also included Joe Biagini, Roberto Osuna, Brett Cecil and Joaquin Benoit.
Part of his success in Toronto had to do with the fact of which he was working with his former battery-mate, Russell Martin who he has previously worked with while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As far as how reliable he is goes, manager John Gibbons has spoken very highly of him, his personality as well as energy which he brings to the field at Rogers Centre each and everyday.
In other news, Shapiro has confirmed that Gibbons will also stick around for the 2017 season after leading his team to two consecutive seasons of postseason ball while the World Series continues to be within reach looking ahead.null