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Kevin Gregg could return to Blue Jays next season

Nov 6, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

The Blue Jays declined a pair of options on Kevin Gregg this week, making him a free agent. But with no in-house favorite to close games with Scott Downs and Jason Frasor also poised to hit the free agency, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Robert McLoed of the Globe and Mail that he isn’t ready to dismiss the possibility that Gregg could return next season.

“Like I explained to Kevin last night, we’re not prepared to lock him in right now,” Anthopoulos said. “But we may very well come back to him in two weeks or three weeks from now, after we’ve had a chance to continue to work through the off-season and the market.”

Anthopoulos added that Gregg was “very open” about the possibility of returning to the club.

Gregg, 32, posted a 3.51 ERA, 58/30 K/BB ratio and 37 saves in 43 chances over 59 innings this past season. The Jays gave him a $750,000 buyout this week, which suggests that Anthopoulous didn’t think it was worth it to retain Gregg for $3.75 million next season. He certainly isn’t anything special as far as closers go, but the Jays would do well to revisit the situation if the market dries up.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    A lot of Jays fans would be very nervous if he was the closer next year. I hope they sign someone else.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    If there were a lot of Feesh fans, I’d say they were nervous he might come back. What’re the odds the local fishwrappers are giving that either Downs or Frasor would return?

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

      There is a much better chance that Frasor will return than Downs. Downs will be in demand because he is very good. He is worth the loss of a first round pick. He is also in his mid 30’s. I am not sure if anyone would be willing to give up a first round pick in order to sign Frasor. On the other hand, someone who has already signed a more expensive Type A Free Agent (thus forfeiting their first round pick), might be willing to then give up their second round pick in order to sign Frasor. The Jays do have replacements for both of them in their system. Purcey would take over from Downs. Camp and Janssen are probably better than Frasor.

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