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Former-Cub Gregg Now A Jay

By bullpenbrian at 02.08.2010 Leave a comment.

Can’t believe the Jays forked over $2.75M for Kevin Gregg.

That’s one sign Toronto’s not going to win the AL East.

Gregg led the league in blown saves with the Marlins, then nearly did the same as a Cub last year, and yet, somehow managed to qualify as a Type-A free agent. Eh?

Where the deal makes sense for Toronto, however, is the club receiving compensation draft picks should Gregg choose to leave via free agency, and perhaps using Gregg as trade-bait come the July 31st trade deadline – not that I can fathom a contender wanting him.

It’s not that Gregg is entirely chopped liver as a closer, he did close reasonably well for the Cubs during most of the season, but his overall inconsistency and poor pitching down the stretch makes him a backup closer at best — not the closer.

You just can’t win with a full time closer like Gregg, and especially against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.

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