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The Braves likely to pursue Kevin Gregg

Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are interested in Cubs’ reliever Kevin Gregg:

The Braves are among the many teams expected to show interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez utilized Gregg as his closer while they were together with the Marlins in 2007 and ’08.

File this under the “you can never have enough bullpen arms” I suppose. Because even though Atlanta has lost two good relievers in Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters, the pen has been pretty darn solid thanks to contributions from Jordan Walden and Luis Avilan.

Or maybe they just don’t want the Nationals to get Gregg. Or maybe they just have a nice organizational fondness for Tommy Gregg and want that name back in a jersey again. I liked Tommy Gregg more than I should have. He was fun.

  1. ChrisWallace - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Between the awesomeness of Ian Krol and the impending return of Christian Garcia there is zero chance the Nats would be interested in this guy.

    • mikethaxton89 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      But they cant hit so they are basically useless lol

  2. sycophanticide - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Why would the Nats need him? Can he hit?

    • natslady - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Nats must’ve gotten a new hitting coach. Last 7 days. First in NL, second in MLB to Red Sox and Tiger.

      .295/ .345/ .448

      You know, because the hitting coach makes all the difference, not the weather, being at home, Anthony Rendon…

      • knowlegeforyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        What does the Nats hitting for a week have to do with Kevin Gregg?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        At least it’s a Nats comment in a post that actually contained a mention of the Nats. Progress!

  3. knowlegeforyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Hope the Braves aren’t serious, Gregg would be ok if the braves only had to give up an outside of top 10 prospect which I don’t see happening. 26 games of 1.42 ERA doesn’t offset 4yrs at 3.5 and 6yrs at 4+

  4. specialkindofstupid - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I’m not fond of teams acquiring players simply to keep them away from a fellow contender. The Padres did that with Randy Myers back in ’98 and it burned them.

    But heck, if Kevin Gregg can be effective in a setup role, why not. Better to have too many relievers than not enough.

  5. Joe - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    If the Cubs get something of medium/long-term value out of Kevin Gregg, then this turns out to be a brilliant signing by Hoyer.

  6. jeffbbf - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Bowden never said the Braves were interested. The quote was: The Braves are among the many teams **expected to show** interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg.

    No news here.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    It may well be that several years of watching him cough up gophers like a bullsnake with a stomach virus has soured me on Gregg, even if he looks like he’s got things figured out. I would put him in the same category as a disease in remission and acquire him only with the greatest possible circumspection.

    • iwillfindyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      This guy is the king of chokers

  8. jya87 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Ned Colletti: Signs Brandon League to a $22.5 million 3-year deal, who now owns a 5.72 ERA. Releases Kevin Gregg after a great spring training, who now owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances?

    Sounds about right.

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