A source for CSNPhilly.com confirmed that a deal with Jason Grilli is not final, but suggested the right-hander could be brought in on a minor deal.
Grilli, the fourth pick overall in the 1997 draft by the San Francisco Giants, confirmed on his personal Twitter account yesterday that he hasn’t signed with anyone yet in a correspondence set in motion by several Internet rumors reporting that he had signed with the Phillies. The 34-year-old journeyman right-hander has spent parts of eight seasons as a Major League reliever, including stops in Detroit, Florida, Chicago (AL), and most recently, splitting the 2009 season with Colorado and Texas, pitching to a combined 2-3 mark, a 5.32 ERA and 49/27 K/BB ratio in 45 2-3 innings. He owns a 4.74 career ERA in 238 appearances, all but 16 of them in relief.
Beerleaguer: Last spring, Grilli was invited to Indians spring training on a minor league deal, but blew out his quadriceps tendon during agility drills and missed the entire season. Grilli is a fastball-slider type who throws reasonably hard.