The Atlanta Braves have had "serious talks" in a possible trade for right-handed closer Jason Grilli to a contender, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports in his latest notes column.
Heyman lists the Blue Jays and Dodgers as possible teams that the Braves have had talks with. Those two teams have shown the most need in a late inning reliever, with names such as Jonathan Papelbon being thrown around.
Grilli is signed through next season on a two-year, $8 million deal, so he would not be a three-month rental player. However, at age 38, one has to wonder how many good days Grilli has left.
"He's got good makeup. I'd take a shot," one American League scout told Heyman and understandably so.
Grilli has gone 3-3 with a 2.67 ERA (2.06 FIP) in 33 2/3 innings pitched this season, saving 24 games in 26 opportunities and posting a 45 to 10 strikeout-to-walk ratio.