In his latest for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have had “serious talks” about trading Jason Grilli to a contender. He notes that the Blue Jays and Dodgers are locations that would make sense for the veteran right-hander.
Grilli, 38, entered play Friday having converted the save in 24 of 26 opportunities with a 2.67 ERA and a 45/10 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He is owed the remainder of this season’s $4.25 million salary plus $3.5 million in 2016 and a $250,000 buyout for the ’17 season.
The 42-44 Braves sit in third place in the National League East, but wouldn’t necessarily be giving up by trading Grilli. Jim Johnson, currently sitting on a 2.14 ERA, has plenty of closing experience and could easily slide into the closer’s role despite immense struggles last year.