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Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting.

Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight season with at least 20 saves, but his 3.79 ERA during that time isn’t particularly impressive and he blew six save chances this year to finish with a success rate of 86 percent that’s basically right at the MLB average.

Gregg is a decent setup man who’s apparently about to be paid like something a step or two above that because he’s gotten a chance to rack up saves in the past.

According to McDonald the Nationals and Red Sox are also in the mix for Gregg, who would presumably compete for ninth-inning duties with Koji Uehara if he indeed opts to join the Orioles.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Six-Degrees-of-Cliff-Lee

    1. Kevin Gregg is overrated and soon to be overpaid
    2. Speaking of overrated and overpaid: Jason Werth
    3. Werth recently left the Phillies
    4. The Phillies recently signed free agent Cliff Lee

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

      Gregg is gonna close in Baltimore??? I guess he won’t be too busy for the next two years. That’s a whole bunch of loot to spend on a closer when you can’t win too often isn’t it?

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM

        Definitely. So if they have 10 save opportunities all season, they can count on Gregg to blow about 2 of them. Sounds like money well spent.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM

      The Baltimore Sun has said that the $12 million number is wrong. They do say that an offer for $8 to $10 million is on the table. Baltimore has signed Jerremy Accardo who had fallen out of favor in Toronto. Accardo pitched in Triple A most of last season.

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    The second year of that Mike Gonzalez contract is looking pretty ugly, eh?

  3. dondbaseball - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    The Orioles actually will be much improved as evidenced by their 2nd half record but the signing of Gregg at $12 mil is terrible. Spend the money elsewhere.

  4. Panda Claus - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Oh c’mon guys. Give my O’s a break for once. $12M sounds tall I agree, but Gregg is a good pitcher.

    Comparing this to the Gonzalez deal seems fair on the surface, but Gonzo’s injury cost him half a season. He was very effective when healthy.

    My team has holes they’re still filling and I’d rather fill them $12M at a time instead of $126M on one guy like Werth. For teams that don’t print their own money it’s a smarter approach.

    Now having said all that, he hasn’t signed anything yet so this might not happen.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM

      Sorry to disagree Panda, but we Jays fans were happy to see him depart. There were far too many blown saves and nervous 9th innings for our liking. Take a look at his WHIP. He allowed too many base runners. He was quite scary in back to back situations. In the second half, Gaston was very reluctant to use him in back to back games. On a positive note, the Jays will get a sandwich pick due to his departure.

      • Old Gator - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

        Don’t make it a horsemeat and velveeta sandwich, what ever you do.

        Gregg was the Feesh’s late-inning batting practice pitcher before he afflicted the Cubbies and Feather Lice. He pitches hurt, too – which makes him ineffective in a uniquely heroic way. When Gregg lopes in from the boolpen, carrying his five gallon can of gasoline, it’s bad for your team, but great for the orbital muscles of your eyes and the muscles that hold your throat and chin together. I wouldn’t want to be the woman he comes home to on a bad night, since he has so many of them, but I wouldn’t mind being his optometrist.

      • missthemexpos - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:41 PM

        Nervous 9th innings, no kidding. It seemed like there would always be multiple base runners, and oh yeah don’t get me started on the # of walks. Amazing that the blown saves only numbered 6 for the year, cause it sure felt like it was more.

      • aagoodfella - Dec 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM

        Yea, not to bag on these guys too badly but there was good reason Accardo was demoted to the AAA. He had really become ineffective as an MLB pitcher. Having seen him often before he was sent down, I came to equate him with multiple singles up the middle. The guy just gave up so much and he could not stop the other team’s hitting. And for sure, Gregg puts way too many guys on base. Here is what O’s fans have to look forward to next year. Say your team gets a three or four run lead so you bring Accardo in relief for the 7th and 8th. Accardo gives up two runs. Now it is the ninth and your lead is narrowed to one to two runs and Gregg comes out to close. First out is a long fly out – whew, close one. Then he walks a guy – eek, winning or tying run at the plate. Ground out and runner advances to second with now two outs – gaack, ulcers. If your lucky, Gregg gets the third out. If not, game over or extra innings – dang it. If you like that kind of excitement, Gregg is your ideal closer.

  5. danwhitmer - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    As a O’s fan, this is alot to pay for a set up/closer. But when you have the track record as the Orioles do you have to over pay in order to get the guy you want/need. They will be improved this year and hopefully playing .500 ball. They need to do something to be a little more attractive for free agents. If you think about it, other than Izturis ( former Oriole ) this will be there big free agent signing. I know they are looking at 1st baseman Adam Laroche which will be an upgrade as well.

    All I want for Christmas is a power bat : D

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