In a column on CBS New York, Sweeney Murti writes that free agent reliever Jason Grilli is a potential bullpen option for the Yankees, especially if they are unable to bring back closer David Robertson. Grilli is local, as he grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and went to college at Seton Hall University.
Grilli, 38, had a career resurgence with the Pirates between 2011-13, but tapered off this past season. The Pirates sent him to the Angels at the end of June in exchange for Ernesto Frieri. Between the two teams, Grilli posted a 4.00 ERA with a 57/21 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.
ESPN’s Andrew Marchand writes that Robertson is expected to fetch a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of Jonathan Papelbon’s four-year, $50 million deal.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.