Phillies Add Grilli

The Phillies added another arm to their system with an agreement to a Minor League contract with right-hander Jason Grilli.

Grilli wrote Sunday on his Twitter account (@grillcheese49): “This Italian Stallion is FIRED UP about the City of Brother Love! Balboa workouts paid off and READY TO GO!!!”

Grilli is 18-18 with a 4.74 ERA in 238 appearances over eight seasons in the big leagues. He last pitched with the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers in 2009, when he went a combined 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA in 52 appearances. He did not pitch last year because of a knee injury.

Grilli will not be in big-league camp, which begins Feb. 14 in Clearwater, Fla. He will be in Minor League camp.

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Some contract details:

  • Kyle Kendrick. One-year, $2.45 million contract. Awards bonuses: $25,000 for All Star; $50,000 for World Series MVP; $25,000 for LCS MVP; $50,000 for Cy Young or Rolaids ($25,000-2nd; $15,000-3rd).
  • Ben Francisco. One-year, $1.175 million contract. Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 400 plate appearances; $25,000 for 450 plate appearances; $25,000 for 500 plate appearances. Awards bonuses: $25,000 for All Star; $50,000 for MVP ($25,000-2nd; $15,000-3rd); $50,000 for World Series MVP; $25,000 for LCS MVP; $25,000 for Gold Glove; and $25,000 for Silver Slugger.
  • Justin De Fratus. $33,600 in Minors; $414,000 in Majors.

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5 Comments

Justin De Fratus is an interesting prospect. He’s gotten better and better on every level and put together some serious numbers in Clearwater and Reading last season. Looks like his ETA should be sometime in the 2011 season.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=defrat001jus

De Fratus ranks #22 on ReclinerGM’s Phillies trade-value list…

http://www.reclinergm.com/phillies-organization-trade-value-rankings/

In addition to putting up some serious numbers for Clearwater and Reading last year he was also unscored on in 7 relief appearances for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League this past October. Converting him from a starter to a reliever has made him a pitcher of interest.

I’m interested in DeFratus. I think he’ll be good, he just needs to show it. He has a legitimate shot at making the club out of spring training.

Ok, I laughed when I saw the performance bonus for KK with the CY Young award. I find that so funny. I think the money is safe there, though, they do have 4 pitchers that could get it.

i’d be surprised if DeFratus makes the team out of spring training. He has a chance of being called up after the deadline if the Phillies move Blanton and move KK back into the 5th starter’s role or if someone goes down. As a set up/ closer guy, they don’t want to bring him up to make him the long guy and have him ride a bench all year.

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