Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:53:10 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Joe Smith struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save Wednesday, July 9.
Fantasy Tip: Smith has five saves this month and appears to be in the driver's seat as closer, despite Jason Grilli's acquisition.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:45:43 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jason Grilli is expected to join the team before their game Saturday, June 28.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:54:39 -0700
Updating an earlier report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said he'll wait and see where newly acquired RP Jason Grilli fits in.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:19:41 -0700
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired RP Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RP Ernesto Frieri.
Fantasy Tip: Grilli could become the Halos' closer immediately. If not, he has the stuff to take the job from Joe Smith before season's end. He should be picked up in AL-only leagues and mixed leagues if you have roster space.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:58:13 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will be used in ultra low-leverage situations for the time being after being demoted from the closer's role Friday, June 20. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Grilli's demotion isn't intended to be permanent.
Fantasy Tip: This gives hope to Grilli owners down the road and also gives you a reason not to drop him, unless you're in the shallowest of mixed leagues. Benching him at this time is probably your best option.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:52:54 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed RP Jason Grilli from the closer's role. RP Mark Melancon will see the bulk of the save opportunities now, and RP Tony Watson could also work the ninth inning on occasion.
Fantasy Tip: If Melancon is available in your leagues, snatch him up immediately. Watson is worth adding to your roster in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues. It's unclear if Grilli has a shot to win the job back, so don't drop him just yet. In the meantime, you should considering benching him.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:11:14 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the team will evaluate their closer situation after RP Jason Grilli blew another save Thursday, June 19.
Fantasy Tip: Mark Melancon would be the most likely candidate if the team decides to make a change at closer and should be a target for owners looking for saves in all leagues.
Sat, 31 May 2014 14:15:45 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RP Jason Grilli will not be available to pitch Saturday, May 31, and is not sure if RP Mark Melancon will be available to pitch.
Fri, 30 May 2014 05:34:30 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli was reinstated as closer Thursday, May 29. He pitched the ninth inning for the save. Mark Melancon, who went 10-for-12 in Grilli's absence, will return to the chief setup role.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't mean you should drop Melancon, except if you're in an extremely shallow mixed league. Grilli remains injury-prone, and even in setup duty, Melancon is valuable.
Sun, 25 May 2014 07:52:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli was unavailable Saturday, May 24, and manager Clint Hurdle said Grilli will return to the closer role full time eventually. Grilli recorded the save the previous night.