Grilli taking his time, for good reason
So what’s happening with Jason Grilli?
At first, his camp let it be known that he would be declaring his decision of which team to sign with at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Winter Meetings. A couple hours past that missed “deadline,” a brushfire of reports said he had settled on the Pirates.
Now, a day later, the free-agent reliever is still in limbo.
Very simply, Jason is facing the biggest — and, most likely, last — decision of his career. Whomever he signs with — the Cubs and Blue Jays are the Bucs’ top competitors — he is set to DOUBLE his prior CAREER earning of about $3.4 million in 10 years. And, at 36, this could be his final contract.
So he just wants to make sure he makes the right decision.
When I called him yesterday, for a response to the rampant reports, he actually was sitting around the kitchen table discussing his options with his family. He was really put out by the rumors.
“When I do make a decision, I’d like to be the one who gets to announce it,” Jason said. “I know this is a big deal for you guys and everybody wants to get the scoop, but I haven’t made up my mind. I’m definitely leaning in a direction, but there’s no decision.”
I know one thing: Gary Sheffield, his agent, has been unfairly spoofed in this whole process. During his playing days, Sheff was also known as someone apt to “play” front offices, and some people jumped to the conclusion he simply hasn’t changed now that he’s advising others.
Bad rap. If anything, it sounds like Sheffield pushed Grilli to announce his choice and might have jumped the gun in looping in some reporters, before Jason asked for some more time.
So that’s where we are, although the Pirates remain very much ahead of the pack.