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Theo Epstein is considering releasing Kevin Gregg

Sep 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Cubs closer Kevin Gregg went on a tirade in front of the media following this afternoon’s loss at the hands of the Braves at Wrigley Field. Gregg entered the top of the ninth to protect a 5-5 tie, but surrendered four runs in the inning en route to a 9-5 loss. After the game, he expressed displeasure that the Cubs were considering replacing him as closer in 2014, according to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune.

Yesterday, on ESPN Insider, Joe Kaiser reported that the Cubs were giving Pedro Strop a look in the closer’s role just to see what they had. Manager Dale Sveum was very complimentary of Gregg, who entered today’s game with a 2.90 ERA and 32 saves. Sveum said, “God knows where we’d be without him”.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was not happy that Gregg publicized his complaints. The two had a meeting in Epstein’s office and Gregg apologized, but Epstein is still considering releasing him. Epstein will “sleep on it“.

The Cubs signed Gregg to a Minor League contract in April after the Dodgers released him. Incidentally, Gregg earned a $500,000 performance bonus for reaching his 50th finished game of the season, reports CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Just do it Theo!

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Go with the closer-by-committee Theo!

    It worked really well the first time you tried it.

    And if it fails, I’m sure BK Kim is available.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    What exactly does Jed Hoyer do there in Chicago?

    • Trying my damnest - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Really! Who is the effing GM….guess Theo does not have a whole lot
      to do these last few days of a horrific year that showed little to no signs
      of improvement. AND get this….ole Theo proudly announces that he won’t
      be diving into free agency next year. So exactly WHAT is the plan boy
      genius? Oh yea, Castro, Rizzo, AAA Jackson, ML Jackson and a player to
      be named later! I love it when a plan comes together. Don’t you?

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