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Kevin Gregg is officially the Cubs’ closer

May 8, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Three weeks ago Kevin Gregg was unemployed. Then he signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs and made his way back to the majors at age 34. And now he’s their closer.

That’s been fairly obvious for a while now, as Gregg has saved five games in two weeks, but whether it’s with Gregg or Carlos Marmol before him manager Dale Sveum has repeatedly avoided actually naming a closer.

Until today, apparently. Asked by Carrie Muskat of MLB.com if Gregg is the guy, Sveum replied: “He seems to be. Gregg’s our closer. That’s pretty much the way it is right now. He’s obviously earned it and there’s a bigger sample out there now to know that.”

Of course, the true “bigger sample out there” suggests Gregg won’t do particularly well in the role long term. He has plenty of closing experience and 149 saves, but Gregg has a 4.08 career ERA that includes a 4.95 mark last year and a 4.36 mark from 2009-2012. He doesn’t get a ton of strikeouts and his control is terrible, although compared to Marmol he throws strikes like an in-his-prime Greg Maddux.

  1. Alex K - May 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    The Cubs have a real Sophie’s choice of closers. I wonder if James Russell slept with Sveum’s wife or something…

  2. jaysjunkie - May 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Uh, good luck with that.

  3. mophatici - May 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    i remember Gregg in 2009. it was ugly. he was coming off a great year and got signed by Hendry to a big contract. he looked erratic and unfocused, and couldn’t take the pressure. his entire makeup this year is the opposite of that year. he looks confident and most importantly, he looks focused. I’m shocked at how well he has pitched this year, but it’s obvious just looking at his delivery that the old Gregg is gone.

  4. Uncle Charlie - May 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I’m old Gregg.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=eIInySnQe4I&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DeIInySnQe4I

  5. tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Jose Valverde returns to the Tigers, is named closer.

    Kevin Gregg returns to the Cubs, is named closer.

    The baseball gods can be so cruel.

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