PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – After underwhelming performances that led to the Pirates trading him, Jason Grilli has spoken out about the teams decision to send him off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and he isn’t happy about it.
As Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram writes, Grilli is happy to be a part of the Angels organization, but appears to hold some resentment towards the Pirates for trading him when they did.
Grilli says he was surprised by the move and complains about the way closers are valued, claiming that they’re judged on a handful of games and that his good performances should have out-weighed the bad.
Grilli was traded by the Pirates to the Angels on June 27 for Ernesto Frieri. Since the trade, Grilli has appeared in 29 games, pitching 24.2 innings while recording one save and an ERA of 2.55. Frieri meanwhile pitched in 14 games for the Pirates with an ERA of 10.13 before being sent down to AAA Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, Pirates Pitching Coach Ray Searage joined The FAN Morning Show and talked about the resiliency of the guys currently on the team and how confident he in them to get the job done night in and night out.
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