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The Cubs will not release Kevin Gregg

Sep 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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Word came down yesterday that the Cubs were considering releasing Kevin Gregg after he voiced his displeasure to the media about being removed from the closer role. However, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he will remain with the club after Cubs president Theo Epstein accepted his apology this morning.

It appears that the kerfuffle was rooted in miscommunication, as Epstein said yesterday that Gregg wasn’t going to be permanently removed from the closer role, but that they wanted to give the younger Pedro Strop a couple of looks down the stretch. This is a lot of talk about save chances for a 64-90 team who has just one week left in the season, but here we are.

Gregg, 35, has a 3.45 ERA, 32 saves, and a 50/32 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season. He will be a free agent after the season.

  1. yourcubreporter - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Don’t know what Gregg is upset about…

    Cubs gave him the chance this year when no one else would, he had a half season to audition for 29 other teams and no one traded for him, and he has blown quite a few opportunities lately.

    Does that qualify as biting the hand that feeds you?

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    A closer is supposed to be able to forget his bad outings and to get on with the job in his next outing. During his career, Gregg has demonstrated that ability to forget his bad outings. Scouts, fans and GM’s, on the other hand, can’t forget and have decided that there have been just too many bad innings from Gregg to want to rely on him.

  3. sickcub - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    it’s ironic-Gregg seemed to be the only player who improved under Sveum. All of the young players (Castro, Rizzo) never developed while he was manager. Waste of two (more) years.

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