While his announcement was delayed by, oh, a few days, just as the tea leaves told us last week, reliever Jason Grilli is headed back to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a two-year deal, says Ken Rosenthal.

From the look of things, no other team – his primary other suitors were the Cubs and Blue Jays – was willing to step up to three years, and so Grilli returns to where he’s comfortable.

The 36-year-old reliever would have been a nice addition to the bullpen, and has been dominant the last two years. But, given his age, and the nature of middle reliever/set-up men, I can’t complain about the Cubs holding the line at two years.

I think you’re going to find that the Cubs are still interested in picking up another veteran, quality reliever – the lack of bullpen depth last year was striking, and it would allow them to more comfortably shop Carlos Marmol.

  • DarthHater

    Longest 30 minutes in history.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I’m frustrated to say the least with the cubs ability and willingness to even attempt to make a significant move. They should have had McCarthy. They should have ponied up the guaranteed cash. I’m not asking for Hamilton, Bourn, or Greinke. I just want us to acquire mid tier talent to at least make us not a joke on the field and something we’d be able to deal at the deadline for good prospects. Please don’t tell me Feldman and Baker are that. We won’t get much at the deadline for them because they don’t have a team option.

    • PKJ

      We don’t know anything about these discussions. I suspect that the Cubs would have gone after these types of players with much more force if they had a more competitive team.

  • http://thecubcontrarian.blogspot.com/ Kyle

    There are still some interesting relievers out there, but none that I want *that* badly. Focus the money on another starter, maybe an outfielder.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Kyle, agreed. I’m thinking Carlos Villanueva or Francisco Liriano. Highly unlikely but Bourn if he doesn’t find an offer he likes and would accept a 1 year deal for high dollar amount

    • Matty V

      Agreed. Another lefty for the pen would be nice, but there are several still available that could do an adequate job. No need to hurry up and sign one of them when they could be had for less down the road. I think another outfielder is a must, especially if the Cubs are serious about trading Soriano. My hope is they could get a decent starter or ML-ready outfielder in a package for Soriano.

  • Dustin

    Well IMO I would really like for the Cubbies to go after one of these guys : Kyle McClellan,Mike Gonzalez,Juan Carlos Oviedo,Peter Moylan

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    No big loss. A 36 year old coming off a career year isn’t likely to match those numbers as a 37 or 38 year old.

  • Njriv

    Whew! Now I can sleep at night.

  • daveyrosello

    I would like Jose Valverde for the bullpen if he can be had for a 1-yr deal, say 4MM. Teams are getting a lot of mileage out of having a lock-down bullpen from the 7th inning on (e.g., Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Baltimore). The Cubs have Russell and Camp, but they are more of the middle-reliever variety. So you add Valverde to Fujikawa and Marmol for the late innings, and now you’re looking at a pretty impressive pen.

    I’d be OK with Brian Wilson’s beard as an alternative to Valverde if the contract numbers were similar. Shoot, if Theo can find a taker for Marmol’s contract, why not sign both?

  • http://bleachernation ferris

    sori,marmol and 20mm to phi. for minor leaguers…..c-gabriel lino,p-justin defriates,p- ethan martin, p- john pettibone……..bring back dempster 3 yrs 27-30mm put him in the three spot and let him retire a cub,we need a veteran presents anyway,and he’s willing to give us the best price,rem. he didnt want to be traded in the first place.we have enough flippable pieces.