Signing Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract would make sense if you were planning on making Craig Kimbrel available at the trading deadline, a time when teams desperate for a closer might be willing to overpay. But the Braves are adamant they won’t do that, and if you believe them the Grilli signing makes little sense.
Nothing against Grilli, who finished 2014 strong and is just two years removed from an All-Star appearance. But the bullpen is one area where the team appears to have considerable depth, adding Jim Johnson, hard-throwing Michael Kohn and Arodys Vizcaino to a relief corps that includes David Carpenter, Shae Simmons, James Russell, Chasen Shevre, Luis Avilan and David Hale.
And when you’re likely to finish in the bottom half of your division, a deep bullpen is a luxury you can do without. I’d rather see them add a lefty hitting 3B and an eventual replacement for B.J. when he’s hitting .204 in June.
Perhaps Grilli pitches well enough that he’d be some value at the deadline. It’s not necessarily a bad move, just another in a growing line of questionable ones.