Braves Trade Reliever Jason Grilli to Toronto
ATLANTA (AP) – Former closer Jason Grilli has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Atlanta Braves for a pitching prospect.
The 39-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA and two saves in his comeback from a career-threatening injury. Grilli’s 2015 season ended when tore his left Achilles tendon on July 11. He had 24 saves and a 2.94 ERA in 36 games before the injury.
Hard-throwing Arodys Vizcaino has six saves and a 1.66 ERA in his emergence as the Braves’ new closer.
Toronto also gets $2,175,000 from Atlanta, offsetting much of the $2,371,585 remaining after Tuesday of Grilli’s $3.5 million salary this year. His deal includes a $3 million team option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout.
Atlanta obtained right-hander Sean Ratclilffe, an 18th-round pick in 2013 who was 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 games with Class A Vancouver last year. The Braves recalled right-hander Ryan Weber from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Grilli’s spot on the active roster.
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