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Dodgers sign Kevin Gregg

Feb 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Kevin Gregg went from closer to out of work reliever in a hurry and now the 34-year-old right-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.

He’ll get an invitation to spring training, although the Dodgers’ bullpen is already pretty crowded and they also recently added Mark Lowe on a minor-league contract.

Gregg was never particularly well-suited to be a closer, racking up 143 saves from 2007-2011 despite an unimpressive 3.89 ERA and 4.7 walks per nine innings. He had a 4.95 ERA in 44 innings for the Orioles last season before getting released shortly before the playoffs.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I really feel like he belongs in the Mets bullpen with Francisco and Lyon. Just think about all that gritty closing experience and be dismayed.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Why not? All three have pitched for the Jays and the only one who was decent was Lyon.

  2. plmathfoto - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I saw that one of the teams hired Kevin Gregg as a coach, was thinking/hoping it was him and he retired. Oh well, good luck Dodgers lol

  3. Old Gator - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    With Kevin Gregg as your closer, no need for your outfielders to sprain their shoulders flipping balls to the kids in the bleachers. The kids can just catch them coming off the opposing teams’ bats.

  4. thatswhatsgooood - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Get ready to be pissed off Dodgers fans

    • Old Gator - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Even assuming he makes the big club, you think they’d bring him into anything but a lost planet airman mopup job? I doubt if Mattingly is that stupid.

      • southpaw2k - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        The Dodgers could be up 12-1 in the 8th inning and bring in Gregg for some mop-up duty, but the lead could be cut to 12-9 with 2 outs by the time Gregg is finally pulled.

        Conversely, if the Dodgers were down 12-1 and Gregg is put in the game for a presumed loss, the blowout would be even worse, like say 19-1.

  5. ptfu - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Nono, he WAS suited to be the closer. His teams were using their best relievers (i.e. not him) in the most important situations. Somebody had to pitch the ninth.

  6. Jonny 5 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Lolz….. Hey, it could have been Qualls.

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