Jason Grilli's time with the Braves has come to an end, as Robert Murray of Baseball Essential was the first to report that Atlanta has traded their closer from 2015 to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Sean Ratcliffe.
The 39-year-old reliever did well to make a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon last season, but he got off to a rough start to this season and it's reflected in his ERA (5.29) and his xFIP (5.22). He was much better during the 2015 season (2.94 ERA, 2.12 FIP, and 24 saves), and had he not gotten injured, there's a very good chance that the Braves would've received a bigger haul for the veteran reliever. Instead, this is basically a salary dump, and even then, the Blue Jays are only paying Grilli the minimum, while the Braves will be paying the rest of Grill's salary.
Source: Blue Jays not paying all of Grilli's salary. Braves chipping in.— Gideon Turk (@GideonTurk) May 31, 2016
The Blue Jays are only paying the MLB minimum on Grilli, to be clear.— Gideon Turk (@GideonTurk) May 31, 2016
The Braves are still getting a player in return, though there's not much to write home about when it comes to Sean Ratcliffe. He's a catcher-turned-reliever who was an 18th round pick in the 2013 draft, and he hasn't pitched since 2015, which is when he pitched 40 innings over 22 appearances and picked up an ERA of 3.60 at the Low-A level. All signs point towards this being a move for organizational depth.