Mariners pitcher Kevin Gregg opted out of his minor league contract with Triple-A Tacoma, after he wasn't called up to the MLB club. Gregg was signed by the Mariners on May 20. He had a 2.89 ERA in seven games at Tacoma. He becomes a free agent.
The Mariners have signed right-hander reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal, the Seattle Times is reporting. The team has not announced the deal. Gregg was designated for assignment by the Reds on May 11 after struggling mightely in 11 appearances out of the bullpen this season. On the year, Gregg has allowed 12 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. For now, he will report to the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma.
The Reds announced Monday they have designated reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment and recalled pitcher Pedro Villareal from Triple-A Louisville. "His stuff looked good, he had velocity and the split-finger and the breaking ball and it just never came to -- even from, unfortunately, Opening Day with the two-run homer to tie the game," manager Bryan Price said. "That was very difficult. Sometimes it's tough to chase that off. He's a professional, he's a great guy, he's a tremendous worker. He was doing everything he could to get back on top, but it just didn't happen and now he'll be on his way to the next opportunity." Gregg appeared in 11 games for the Reds this season, compiling an 0-2 record and 10.13 ERA. He allowed three home runs in just 10 2/3 innings of work. "It's unfortunate. I know that the fans never got to see the best of Kevin," Price said. "We felt that in the six weeks that we had him in Spring Training that he was a guy who could pitch the eighth inning for us with his background as a setup man and a closer." Villareal has no record and a 10.13 ERA in two games with the Reds this season, and was 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in Louisville.
After a rough outing for Reds pitcher Kevin Gregg on Monday, manager Bryan Price was asked if Gregg would be the guy in the eighth inning going forward. "He may be. He may not be," Price replied. "It just depends on who I have healthy and who is down there. He's a guy who is experienced as a closer, a setup man and a starter. He's a guy who has been a lot tighter situations than that over the course of his career. As I've told you, the bullpen will be ever evolving. These guys will cut out their roles based on how they perform," per mlblogs.com. Price acknowldeged that some adjustments will have to be made in the bullpen. "Once the eighth inning becomes a situational inning, it becomes a challenge," Price said. "We went into that game anticipating him pitching the eighth inning. It didn't go as well as we had anticipated. The eighth inning isn't really a matchup inning. We really had hoped that it would be a clean inning and it wasn't, so I had to make some adjustments there." Price added that pitchers Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani could be in the late-inning mix.
Reds pitcher Kevin Gregg didn't produce the debut he was hoping for Monday against the Pirates. Gregg came on in relief on starter Johnny Cueto and surrendered a two-run home run to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. "If you go back and look at the location of the pitch, you'll see it wasn't located that bad. They were obviously jumping on my stuff early," Gregg said to MLB.com. Manager Bryan Price was hoping for better from the non-roster invitee to spring training. "I'm always surprised because you don't anticipate guys going in there and scuffling, but it's part of the game," Price said. "We're trying to define our bullpen [roles] as best as possible. The only way to do that is for these guys to go out and pitch."