Blue Jays exercise $3M US option on reliever Jason Grilli

Grilli packs up his locker after Cleveland knocked the Blue Jays out of the playoffs on Wednesday.

Grilli packs up his locker after Cleveland knocked the Blue Jays out of the playoffs on Wednesday. (Greg Ross/CBC)

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Relief pitcher Jason Grilli had his US$3 million team option for the 2017 season picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday morning.

The 39-year-old Grilli was traded to Toronto on May 31 from the Atlanta Braves.

He pitched 42 innings for the Blue Jays, striking out 58 with a 3.64 earned-run average, serving as a capable setup man for closer Roberto Osuna and earning two saves himself.

Grilli threw a total of 59 innings in 2016, with 81 strikeouts and a 4.12 ERA.

General manager Ross Atkins had described exercising Grilli’s option “as near to a no-brainer to pick up as you can get” during the team’s end-of-season press conference last month.

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