Rangers acquire RHP Grilli to replace Benson

The Rangers have acquired RHP Jason Grilli for cash considerations, according to a source.  He was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies last week.

He was 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA in 22 games for the Rockies as a reliever.

Grilli replaces Kris Benson, who has been outrighted to Triple A Oklahoma City. Benson has not told the Rangers if he’ll accept the assignment.

 

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Well I cant say I will be sad to see Benson go, he has been less than good this year.

Is Grilli really going to make a difference? He’s coming to the same type of “hitter friendly” ballpark and we’re replacing a guy with a bloated ERA with another guy with a bloated ERA. Doesn’t sound like an answer or even a quick fix.

Is Grilli really going to make a difference? He’s coming to the same type of “hitter friendly” ballpark and we’re replacing a guy with a bloated ERA with another guy with a bloated ERA. Doesn’t sound like an answer or even a quick fix.

As a former follower of the Tigers, I can safely say: Jason Grilli sux!!!

Grilli has always been a guy I liked. I don’t think he’s gotten the right coaching or correct situations to pitch in. Low-mid 90’s, good slider/change up. RH Set-up guy or long relief. To me this is MUCH better than O’Day catch. He’s got real talent. Maddux could mold this guy into a Winner for us. Ground Ball pitcher too. Our defense ought to help him look much better.
Looks to fill void while Frankie is hurt, but certainly a shot at RH set-up on FF’s return. Seasoned, more than Moscoso. B+

He can’t be any worse than Benson. A better catch than O’Day? That’s seriously questionable. Where would we be right now without O’Day? I hope it is as good a catch as O’Day.

Grilli has real heat, w/ball major movement. Ground ball pitcher. O’Day: In a season or series, good hitters will catch up to O’Days side heat. There’s no down movement to his pitches, meaning it’s gotta cross the plate in a hitters zone @ his MAX 85+ mph. He’s a trickster. Spot guy only, like Eddie, over time. Grilli could & has been tried as closer or set-up. That’s talent. Maddux will get him to his proper form soon. If you’re just guessing Rollie, why even comment? Got him cheap… he may blow, but I’ll take the heat if so. Solid B+

Grilli finished April with an ERA of 0.93. Into the middle of May his ERA was under 3.0. Then the Colorado Coaches started messing with him and threw off his mental game. I think he has great proven potential. He should be an excellent set-up pitcher when he is relaxed and gets back in his rhythm.

In 2008 with the Rockies, Grilli went 3-2 in 51 games in relief, averaged a strikeout per inning, gave up fewer hits than innings pitched and had an ERA of 2.93. Colorado’s coaching staff has been flipped recently with their manager and former Ranger outfielder Clint Hurdle getting fired. Give Mike Maddux a chance to work with Grilli…the price was certainly right.

First, when exactly did Clint Hurdle ever play for the Rangers? Second, anytime you get a pitcher that has an opportunity to fill a need on the cheap, you have to get them. I’m willing to see what he can do out of our pen. A little good coaching and a winning team can do wonders for a guy. Mathis looks a little shaky right now, but this umpire’s strike zone is tough to figure out. But, you have to find it and throw some strikes especially on the first pitch.

It appears that Grilli had an excellent outing last night, one of the bright spots in a loss. His ERA with the Rangers is 0.00. Good job Jason!

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