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The Orioles can’t take much more Kevin Gregg

Apr 15, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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If not for his contract, Kevin Gregg probably wouldn’t have lasted the spring in an Orioles uniform. Even as is, one wonders if he’ll survive the month of April.

Gregg allowed three runs in one-third of an inning of relief Sunday, walking two and hitting a batter in the process. He has a 12.86 ERA after three appearances, one of which was a loss to the Yankees.

The Orioles kept Gregg hoping they’d be able to dump a portion of his salary in a trade later this season, but the idea of a contender wanting the former closer appears to be a long shot at best. At this point, the Orioles would almost certainly be better off giving Pat Neshek a look in his place.

Gregg is in the second year of a two-year, $12 million deal he received after saving 37 games for the Blue Jays in 2010. He had a 4.37 ERA and 22 saves in 29 chances for the Orioles last year.

  1. Panda Claus - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    The title couldn’t be more true. I like Gregg’s bulldog attitude, but O’s fans and Baltimore-based cardiologists alike would prefer he left the team.

    I think it’s also been a while since Toronto fans have been so happy to see Gregg (after the initial obligatory booing he received).

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      We were extremely pleased with his performance today. If my memory is correct, he came into a 3 to 2 game with 2 runners on and 2 out. Matuz had pitched well, but Gregg then allowed both inherited runs to score as well as 3 of his own.

      In summary. Well played Gregg! We hope to see you again.

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      He pitched for the Angels several years ago, got busted for pine tar on his glove and has never been the same since. The Angels released him and the Cubs signed him. Why would any team sign him for that much money?

  2. billymc75 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    And to think Uhera and the Rangers tried to get him back to Baltimore

  3. hammyofdoom - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    I’m suddenly reminded of Ozzy Guillen’s quote on aj pierzynski: “When you play against him you hate him, when you play with him you hate him just a little less”. I feel like Gregg is like that when he’s doing well. Now that he’s not…well he’s just a supremely hate-able guy

  4. 52ismycopilot - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    I hope to never see him take the mound as an Oriole again. He’s just bad…

  5. dowhatifeellike - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    He nibbles at the strike zone. His stuff isn’t good enough to get anyone to swing and miss. We could get a guy to do what he does at a tenth of the price. Angelos never knows when to cut his losses.

  6. jason9696 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    He saved a lot of games for Toronto one year. But they were hardly ever the 3 up and 3 down kind.

  7. cur68 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Hitting Slump meet Kevin Gregg. He will help you.

  8. fellspointbird - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    When its bad…

    Baltimore (unfortunately) is not new to this. All hail Peter Angelos

  9. tomtravis76 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Force Angelos to sell the franchise. He is bad for baseball. Worst owner in Baltimore sports history, he has flown by Irsay. Irsay may have been a drunk, but he left because amongst other things he couldn’t get a stadium deal. Angelos has just held the Orioles hostage for 20 years.

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