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Orioles designate Kevin Gregg for assignment

Sep 11, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Baltimore stuck with Kevin Gregg for nearly two entire seasons despite a 4.53 ERA and 64 walks in 103 innings, but today the Orioles decided not to keep him around for another three weeks.

Gregg has been designated for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster with less than a month remaining on his two-year, $10 million contract that was misguided at the time and worked out about as poorly as expected.

Gregg had the “proven closer” label based on some save accumulating for the Cubs, Marlins, and Blue Jays, but he’s never been more than a mediocre setup man and at age 34 even that was a stretch.

Among everyone who started fewer than 25 career games and recorded at least 140 saves, Gregg is the only pitcher in baseball history with an ERA higher than 4.00.

  1. madhatternalice - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    O’s also DFA’d Ryan Adams. Endy Chavez and LJ Hoes get the call.

  2. husky2score - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    YES!!! Bout time the O’s did this. The only good thing he did for us was show up David Ortiz a year ago, and that was pretty much it. Now we get Endy Chavez and LJ Hoes, who have put up solid numbers in the minors.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Dreams really can come true, you guys.

  4. cur68 - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    The last time this due was effective he was pitching indoors in the rain against the mostly AAA Beaver Men. Those circumstances do not come up all that often. See ya Mr. Gregg.

  5. foolmaker - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I saw the Ortiz incident in person, so Gregg has always had a special place in my heart. It was a fun moment. For those who missed it:

    • husky2score - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Thank you for the flashback. Reminds me of how much of a scumbag Ortiz is.

    • madhatternalice - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      This never gets old. Thanks for posting!

  6. sanzarq - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Thanks, foolmaker, for posting that clip. I remember reading about this, but never saw it.

    As for Gregg, good riddance. What a waste of $10 mil. Maybe I could get a contract for sweeping out Angelos’ office for $500 grand. Seems like commensurate value.

  7. proudlycanadian - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Baltimore fans rejoice, but the rest of the AL is in mourning after this sad news.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    But now who will come in when a game is nearly out of reach and blow up our run differential?

    • ptfu - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Kevin Gregg broke sabermetrics. Or at least the Pythagorean prediction model. In doing so, he allowed the O’s to sneak through most of the season without undue expectations, thus removing pressure from the team and improving the team’s play. He was worth every penny and then some.

      Kevin Gregg is the new Moneyball.

  9. jaysjunkie - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Gregg was brutal during his time in Toronto.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    That Kevin Gregg left the Feesh with the “proven closer” label affixed to him is proof, as if anyone except the creationists needed it, that the stupid gene, usually merely dominant, is even yet disproportionately expressed in the sportswriter population. We vividly remember how brutal he was, how what in the peetching hand of a competent closer is a pea-sized strikeout peetch became a beachball in Gregg’s. It’s been a dark past nine years for the Feesh, but watching other teams springing for Gregg with wads of cash in hand provided many moments of needed amusement in the meantime.

  11. Detroit Michael - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    What you wrote was literally true. However, Mike Williams has the same number of career saves as Kevin Gregg but a worse ERA as a reliever.

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