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Jays decline option on Gregg

Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:07 pm
The Blue Jays had some of the most desirable bullpen arms on the trade market, instead, they held on to them. Now they have none.

Toronto declined its option on closer Kevin Gregg. Its setup men, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor, are eligible for free agency. The team is expected to offer both the lefty Downs and righty Frasor arbitration, as both are Type A free agents. As a Type A, the Blue Jays would receive two compensatory draft picks each if the players turn down arbitration and sign elsewhere.

Gregg is a Type B free agent (one compensatory pick). The Blue Jays had a one-year option worth $5.25 million and a two-year option worth $9.5 million for the next two seasons. His buyout was worth $750,000.

Gregg had a 3.51 ERA and 37 saves last season, his first in Toronto.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:34 pm

Jays decline option on Gregg

There are a few arms in the bullpen that could possibly close for the Jays next season- namely Jesse Carlson, Jeremy Roenicke, Marc Rzepcynzki,  and ....well that's the extend of it. I doubt they would be comfortable with Shawn Camp in the closers role.
There is one player that could be a closer dark horse. Kyle Drabek. The Jays could conceivably handle Drabek the same way that the Rangers are employed Neftali Feliz.

Of course that's entirely speculation, and they could very well wind up signing a closer instead of using an in house option- usually the more expensive (read: dumb) solution, but the most common one.

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