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Report: Orioles get Gregg

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:05 pm
Kevin Gregg
On a day when Orioles past and present are in the news being accused of murder and talking about failed steroid tests, there's a refreshing bit of actual baseball news coming out of Baltimore, as closer Kevin Gregg appears to have chosen it as his destination, according to

The Orioles offered Gregg a two-year deal worth between $8 million and $10 million about a month ago, and the former Blue Jay had reportedly been talking with the Red Sox and Nationals as well. The Orioles will be the fourth team in as many years for Gregg, who went 2-6 with a 3.51 ERA and 37 saves in 2010 for Toronto.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun reports that the deal is for two years at $10 million, with a vesting option for a third year. It is pending a physical.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:15 pm

Report: Orioles get Gregg

I disagree, KC.  While I won't argue that money was wasted on Mike Gonzalez, I honestly believe investing in the bullpen is the best thing the O's can do to help out the young staff they're fielding.  If you look past Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke as almost unobtainable for the O's this winter, who else is out there for the taking that would truly upgrade the staff in the long term?  There are/were starters available that are better than some of the young Birds, but I don't think that would help them develop over the long haul.  We tried the one-year rental with Kevin Millwood and I'm sure the kids learned something, but it's time for the next step.

Beyond Jeremy Guthrie who's usually good for six-plus innings, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, and (possibly) Zach Britton aren't expected to throw more than five innings per outing.  This is exactly the time to try and put together a bullpen of fairly reliable veterans who can lock down wins more often than not for the young staff.  Now these young guys can hand the ball off to Jeremy Accardo (talented but challenged by injuries, but also coming cheap at $1.08 million for just 2011), Jim Johnson (young, improving, and cheap at $440k), Mike Gonzalez (talented and more reliable when not the go-to guy in the pen), and Koji Uehara (more than respectable and improving when moved to the bullpen).

If you go back to the Yankees of the early to mid 1990s, what the Orioles are doing this offseason is similar.  When the Yankees were grooming Andy Pettitte, Ramiro Mendoza, Sterling Hitchcock, Bob Wickman, and Melido Perez for the holding down the rotation, they stocked up on quality arms for the bullpen-- John Wetteland, Bob Wickman, Jeff Nelson, and Steve Howe and brought up a young Mariano Rivera to shorten the game and take the stress off the starters.  Now I can only hope that it turns out as well as it did for the Yanks of the late 1990s-- I'm not kidding myself about that one.  But I would like to see a sensible structuring of the team with an emphasis on defense and smart baseball.  The last two months after Buck Showalter's arrival sure indicated to me that I can expect at least that much.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:46 pm

Report: Orioles get Gregg

Also,as a long suffering fan......of the Athletics having to go through the agony of "Moneyball" year in and year out. With teams like ours, I hate to see teams "make a move" just to show everybody that they did make a move in the off-season. Kevin Gregg's 26 blown saves in the last four years is a cause for concern. Especially, being in the same division with the Yankees,Red Sox,Rays, and Jays (all of them have good bats)lyou're going to wonder how much Buck Showalter is going to have patience to stick with things go rough.Other than that, good luck in A.L.East. 

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:13 pm

Report: Orioles get Gregg

2-6 with a 3.51 ERA and 37 saves!

Orioles blew $12m on Gonzo and just signed Uhera....whom had an excellent year.

That's alot of dough for marginal arms......Buck S. got lucky w/ his run last year......give him a full year w/ that crappy staff and that bullpen will be so over-worked by Memorial Day.  Matusz is solid, but that's it.....

Orioles did upgrade offense and they will score more runs!  But, just like Yankees last can't out-score teams enough to win......Gregg wasn't a terrible signing.......but, you'd think they'd focus on starting staff!  

Markakis will rebound big time and Reynolds wil only strikeout 150 times....Orioles will compete and go as far as pitching takes them.    

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:13 pm

Report: Orioles get Gregg

I won't disagree nukeem, his numbers don't look that great.  But take it from a long-suffering O's fan, most of us are happy that they are making some moves this offseason.  As for Gregg's numbers, I don't put a lot of stock in ERA and W-L for a guy that pitches 1 inning at a time.  When you look at the O's bullpen the last few seasons, Gregg is an upgrade any way you look at it.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:08 pm

Report: Orioles get Gregg

Man, I am waiting for an Earl Weaver sound-bite on this one. Again, the Orioles have mastered the overpricing of another, overrated free-agent. With a career record of 25-33 with a a ERA of 4.03, I wouldn't call this refreshing baseball news for the fans of the Orioles.

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