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  1. The Mets are willing to spend to add a “closer type”

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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    The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. Cubs, reliever John Axford showing mutual interest

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    Despite a solid showing in a limited sample of innings at the end of the 2013 regular season and in the post-season with the Cardinals, reliever John Axford was non-tendered as he was set to earn at least $4 million following back-to-back poor seasons with the Brewers and falling out of the closer’s role. MLB’s…

  4. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Braves score four times in ninth to lower magic number to 1

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann celebrates hitting a RBI single while playing the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Chicago

    The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…

  8. Cubs may wait until August to trade Kevin Gregg

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Kevin Gregg has a 5.79 ERA in 14 innings this month and interest in him has cooled. So the Cubs are apparently pulling him back from the trade block. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Cubs “could wait until August” to deal the 35-year-old righty, who has 22 saves in 26 chances this season and a…

  9. Tigers, Pirates in touch with Cubs

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    The Cubs still have pieces on the table after dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, and CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney says the Pirates and Tigers have been sniffing around in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. The Pirates are most likely interested in Nate Schierholtz to help with their right-field situation. Schierholtz has been a very…

  10. The Braves likely to pursue Kevin Gregg

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com 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…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: R.A. Dickey throws a Maddux (i.e. a shutout in under 100 pitches), with his knuckler back up to the velocity he featured so often during his Cy Young season. Game was over in two hours, ten minutes. Athletics 5, Reds 0: A.J. Griffin needed 108 pitches for his two-hit shutout…

  12. Alfonso Soriano on Carlos Marmol: “He used to be good”

    Jun 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Carlos Marmol blew another save yesterday, turning a 3-0 ninth-inning lead into a 4-3 loss to wipe away seven shutout innings from Matt Garza. He was only in the game because Kevin Gregg had pitched four games in a row, but the former closer served up a walk-off three-run homer and afterward teammate Alfonso Soriano…

  13. The Carlos Marmol show rages on

    Jun 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    In today’s series finale against the Mets, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol allowed four runs and recorded just one out in the ninth inning as the Mets stormed from a 3-0 deficit to walk off as 4-3 winners. Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly over seven innings and James Russell tossed a perfect eighth to bring…

  14. Cubs activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained forearm. The injury cost him a chance to take over for Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer, so he’ll slide back into a setup role in front of new closer Kevin Gregg. Chicago’s ninth-inning situation figures to remain…

  15. Kevin Gregg is officially the Cubs’ closer

    May 8, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    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…

  16. Cubs standing pat with Carlos Marmol

    May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol imploded yesterday, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning attempting to hold on to a 4-2 lead. Manager Dale Sveum replaced Marmol with Hector Rondon, who allowed all three of Marmol’s runners to score and the Reds eventually went on to…

  17. Kyuji Fujikawa on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa‘s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager…

  18. Cubs sign Kevin Gregg to minor league deal

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have signed veteran reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract. He will report to the team’s spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona to begin pitching in extended spring training games and will then probably join the bullpen at Triple-A Iowa. Gregg was released by the Dodgers…

  19. Dodgers release right-hander Kevin Gregg

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have released right-hander Kevin Gregg, who was unable to win a spot in the bullpen this spring after signing a minor league contract in mid-February. Gregg posted a 0.82 ERA and 0.27 WHIP in 11 Cactus League innings and will hope that those numbers earn him a…

  20. Dodgers sign Kevin Gregg

    Feb 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Kevin Gregg went from closer to out of work reliever in a hurry and now the 34-year-old right-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers. He’ll get an invitation to spring training, although the Dodgers’ bullpen is already pretty crowded and they also recently added Mark Lowe on a minor-league contract. Gregg was never…

  21. Fire aboard Orioles’ plane results in emergency landing

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    A scary story after another big win for the Orioles. The team charter experienced a small fire on the flight to St. Pete tonight and was forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the team is currently at the Jacksonville airport while the plane is being inspected. No word…

  22. Orioles release Kevin Gregg

    Sep 14, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Predictably none of the other 29 teams wanted anything to do with Kevin Gregg‘s remaining contract, even for just a few weeks of salary, so the Orioles released the veteran reliever after designating him for assignment Tuesday. Gregg produced a 4.53 ERA and 64 walks in 103 innings for the Orioles on a two-year, $10…

  23. Orioles designate Kevin Gregg for assignment

    Sep 11, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Baltimore stuck with Kevin Gregg for nearly two entire seasons despite a 4.53 ERA and 64 walks in 103 innings, but today the Orioles decided not to keep him around for another three weeks. Gregg has been designated for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster with less than a month remaining on his two-year,…

  24. Orioles closer Jim Johnson unavailable after hospital stay

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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    If the Orioles have a ninth-inning lead tonight the save chance won’t go to Jim Johnson, as the closer went to the hospital early this morning with flu symptoms. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that the flu bug has been making its way through the Orioles’ clubhouse recently, so hopefully Johnson won’t miss…

  25. Buck Showalter on Kevin Gregg: “I think you will see him get better as we go on”

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Kevin Gregg‘s latest ugly outing, in which he allowed three runs while recording one out, inflated his ERA to 12.27 and caused our own Matthew Pouliot to wonder how much longer the Orioles can possibly stick with the veteran right-hander. Buck Showalter was asked exactly that by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com and the manager replied:…

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