Blue Jays acquire RP Jason Grilli from Braves for prospect
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Jason Grilli from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for prospect Sean Ratcliffe, the Braves announced Tuesday.
In 21 games for Atlanta, Grilli is 1–2 this year with a 5.29 ERA. The 39-year-old is in his 14th major league season. The Blue Jays bullpen currently has a 3.89 ERA.
Grilli is in the final year of a two-year, $8 million contract that he signed after the 2014 season. He is expected to earn $3.5 million this season. The contract has a club option for 2017.
Since being drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 amateur draft, Grilli has pitched for the Florida Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels and Braves.
The 21-year-old Ratcliffe was drafted by Toronto in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB draft. He pitched for the Vancouver Canadians of short-season Single A last season.