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The Orioles are still talking with Kevin Gregg

Dec 27, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

Kevin Gregg

According to Jon Heyman of, the Orioles are in talks with Kevin Gregg. This isn’t really news, because we already heard this before, but it’s the holidays and people are drinking lots of eggnog and stuff.

Gregg, 32, posted a 3.51 ERA along with a career-high 37 saves with the Blue Jays this past season, but he also averaged 4.58 BB/9 and has a 4.03 ERA for his career. Racking up saves will get you paid (see: Fernando Rodney with the Angels last offseason), but Gregg is obviously far from elite as far as closers go.

There’s also the question of why the Orioles would feel compelled to sign Gregg, especially since he would be no lock for the ninth inning now that the club has re-signed Koji Uehara. Don’t forget that Mike Gonzalez — who was signed last offseason to be the closer — is still under contract for $6 million next season. Either the Orioles are jonesin’ to spend some dough after being spurned by multiple free agents or they have concerns that Uehara and Gonzalez won’t be able to stay healthy. The latter sentiment is probably justified.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    As a Jays fan, I want to see Gregg in the AL East. The more we face him, the better. I hope that Baltimore stops messing around and signs him.

    • Mark - Dec 27, 2010 at 8:02 PM

      As a fellow Jays fan, I disagree. We’ll never get a chance to see Gregg pitch for the Orioles, because that would imply they’re winning.

      • D.J. Short - Dec 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM

        Nicely done.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM

        Touche! Nicely done indeed!

  2. Old Gator - Dec 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    As a Feesh fan, I want to see Gregg in Japan. The further away, the sooner we can forget he ever existed.

  3. quintjs - Dec 28, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Whats with the Gregg hate? he is a decent pitcher.

    If your team decides to make him a closer thats your teams fault.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 28, 2010 at 8:47 AM

      He may be a decent pitcher, but he was the author of too many nervous 9th innings last season. He walked too many hitters and allowed too many base runners.

      • Old Gator - Dec 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM

        He does have an unerring instinct for the dramatic – like, the exact moment to serve up a beachball just when you think he’s got a handle on the situation. This guy walks around with a baseball in one hand and a five gallon container of gasoline in the other. I’ve always wondered why the umpires never called him for rubbing it on his pitches.

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