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Marlins sign former closer Kevin Gregg

Jun 2, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

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When last we heard from veteran reliever Kevin Gregg it was April and he was bashing sabermetrics, complaining that the Cubs didn’t re-sign him, and “just waiting for an opportunity” to return to the majors at age 36.

Gregg will apparently get that opportunity in Miami, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed the right-hander to a minor-league contract with plans to call him up after a week or two in the minors getting back into game shape.

Gregg was the Marlins’ closer in 2007 and 2008, saving a total of 61 games with a 3.48 ERA in 153 innings. In the five seasons since then he has a combined 4.18 ERA and ugly rate of 4.8 walks per nine innings. “Proven closer” silliness aside, he shouldn’t be more than a middle reliever at this point.

  1. missthemexpos - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Fish bullpen must be in worst shape than I thought.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I am of two minds about this signing, both of them schizophrenic.

    • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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  3. dowhatifeellike - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Might be better off with H.H. Gregg at this point.

  4. carpi2 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    The “importance” of the modern closer continues to baffle me. When looking at the job requirements at face value, it would seem any half-competent pitcher would suffice. A pitcher is basically asked to come into a clean inning, get 3 outs, and not give up more than 2 runs. Many relief pitchers perform this task daily. However, there is something mystical about the 9th inning, which, all the sudden, makes this simple task nearly impossible for all except for a few elites.

    Do you think it is purely psychological? Or do the hitters adopt a different approach in the 9th, making them harder to get out? I don;t know, like I said, it’s baffling to me.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      One thing to keep in mind is that there will not be any easy outs as the trailing team will pinch hit any weak hitter, or hitters that are not as good in left handed pitcher vs left handed batter situations.

  5. yahmule - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    This is why the sorry bastards gave away the 39th pick in the draft for a mediocre RHP. They’re so pathetic, they needed to offset the $1.4 million they gave Kevin Gregg and that’s the exact amount they would have had to pay someone drafted in that slot.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-marlins-live-down-to-their-reputation/

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