Braves sign setup man Jason Grilli to two-year contract


From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves have signed right-handed reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year deal with a club option for 2017.

It’s worth $8 million, per’s Mark Bowman.

Grilli was a very good closer for the Pirates in 2013, posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 74/13 K/BB ratio in 50 innings, but he lost that job to Mark Melancon in the early part of the 2014 season and was eventually traded to the Angels for Ernesto Frieri (who finished 2014 with a 7.34 ERA).

Grilli had a bit more success in Anaheim following that late-June trade, but he’s a 38-year-old setup man and just signed with a team that has embarked on a major rebuild. Again, what are the Braves doing?

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.