Rumors have been circulating for the past few days that the Phillies were interested in signing free agent pitcher Jason Grilli. Grilli was the 4th overall pick in the 1997 draft (SF Giants), the same draft that saw Matt Anderson taken #1. In case anyone forgot, the Phillies signed Anderson to a minor league contract earlier this month. Grilli’s twitter account had the following tweet on Sunday: Great Sunday to everyone. This Italian Stallion is FIRED UP about the City of Brotherly Love! Balboa workouts paid off and READY TO GO!!!
His best big league season was 2008 when he went 3-3 3.00 in 75 innings of relief. He was 12-9 as a starter for the Toledo Mud Hens in 2005.
Grilli was injured in spring training with the Indians last year and underwent right quadriceps surgery causing him to miss the entire 2010 season.