Former Cub Kevin Gregg is the American League saves leader (12).
After his crash-and-burn season in Chicago, Gregg’s converted 12/14 save opportunities…posted an ERA below 2.00 for most of the season…and has a solid 22:7 K:BB ratio.
Maybe all Kevin needed was the change of scenery…the obscurity of closing in Toronto, the withdrawal from a pressure-cooker like Chicago?
But despite his early success, it’s hard to imagine Gregg keeps pace given his past…the league-leader in blown saves in 2008 (9)…and seven more the following season on the North Side.
Never appeared the Cubs made a mistake by letting Gregg walk…his $4M contract far exceeded his production…and Angle Guzman was primed to setup Marmol anyway.
Funny how things work out, though…Guzman’s career is in jeopardy and Bob Howry is back in a Cubs uniform. Ouch & ouch!
It’s 20/20 vision looking back…but how better off would Chicago be had they kept Gregg one more year… just as the right-handed setup man they so desperately need? That, of course, we’ll never know!