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Kevin Gregg | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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The Mets are meeting with the agent for John Axford and Kevin Gregg on Wednesday, according to MLB Network Radio's Jim Duquette.
Both players would be late-inning options for the Mets, Duquette says. The Mets are in the market for high-leverage relievers in the event their incumbent closer, Bobby Parnell, isn't ready for Opening Day. The 35-year-old Gregg hasn't drawn much interest this offseason but should land a gig somewhere after saving 33 games for the Cubs this past season. Wed, Dec 11, 2013 07:18:00 PM

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Back in the closer's role for some reason, Kevin Gregg gave up an unearned run but still picked up his 33rd save Wednesday against the Pirates.

Pedro Strop, who was announced last week as the Cubs' new closer, pitched a scoreless eighth for the hold. Gregg got the ninth in a three-run game for his first save since Sept. 13. He took losses in his previous two appearances.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:33:00 PM

Kevin Gregg took his sixth loss after giving up a ninth-inning homer in a tie game Monday against the Pirates.

Gregg was doing just fine as a closer, but now that he's out of the role, he's entering tie games and taking losses. He should no longer be on fantasy rosters anyway.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:12:00 PM

The Cubs have decided against releasing Kevin Gregg, with Theo Epstein noting that his apology has been accepted.

Chalk this one up as a big misunderstanding and an overreaction on Gregg's part. The 35-year-old hurler is still unlikely to see any save opportunities for the remainder of the season as the team wants to get a look at Pedro Strop in high-leverage situations in the ninth inning.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 09:56:00 AM

Kevin Gregg apologized to Theo Epstein, Dale Sveum, the Cubs organization and to the members of the media in the press box on Friday, for voicing his displeasure on Friday.

Apparently, it was one big misunderstanding. Gregg though that he was being replaced as the team's closer, which irked the veteran right-hander after how well he's pitched this season. What they are actually doing, is using the last few games to get a look at Pedro Strop in the ninth inning to see how he responds, not simply booting Gregg out of the role. Gregg also noted that Epstein is a "smart man" and wouldn't have a knee-jerk reaction like Gregg did. We'll see how it plays out on Saturday, but it sounds like he may avoid the guillotine.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 07:54:00 PM

The Cubs are considering releasing Kevin Gregg after he voiced his displeasure to the media following Friday's loss to the Braves.

Gregg complained to the media after the Cubs decided that they would give Pedro Strop some save chances down the stretch. Cubs president Theo Epstein said that he would sleep on the decision, but there's a chance that Gregg has thrown his last pitch in a Cubs uniform.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 07:02:00 PM

Coming on in a tie game, Kevin Gregg gave up four runs after an intentional walk in the ninth to take his fifth loss Friday against the Braves.

The Cubs put Freddie Freeman on with a man on second and one out, setting up the double play. That never came, though. Gregg is expected to take a backseat to Pedro Strop for save chances the rest of the way. Strop, though, was taken out after retiring both batters he faced in the tie game today.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 05:45:00 PM

Kevin Gregg collected his 28th save of the season Saturday in the Cubs' 4-3 defeat of the Phillies.

Gregg gave up a two-out single to Michael Young but got Jimmy Rollins to ground out to end the threat in the top of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. The veteran righty has struggled with his command in the second half of this season but will remain valuable in fantasy leagues as long as he continues to get regular save opportunities.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 07:47:00 PM

Kevin Gregg took his fourth loss after giving up a run in a tie game Friday against the Phillies.

Gregg's 3.23 ERA remains just fine, but his K/BB ratio has gone from 35/13 in 33 1/3 innings in the first half to 9/14 in 19 2/3 innings in the second. He's walking on very thin ice right now.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:37:00 PM

Kevin Gregg bounced back from Sunday's blown save to protect a one-run lead against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

There's still time for Gregg to be traded, but it appears pretty likely that he'll finish out the season as the Cubs' closer. He's three saves away from reaching 30 for the third time in his career.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 01:53:00 AM

Kevin Gregg suffered a blown save in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Padres.

Gregg allowed two hits and gave up the game-tying run on a wild pitch in 13th inning. It was a shaky outing from the 35-year-old, but won't impact his status as the Cubs' closer. Gregg has converted 26-of-31 save chances this season and has a 3.18 ERA over 51 innings.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 09:44:00 PM

Kevin Gregg owns a 5.32 ERA in 21 appearances since June 22.

Opposing batters have knocked Gregg silly over that stretch, posting a .286/.396/.500 slash line and 14/16 K/BB ratio over 22 innings. For frame of reference, David Wright is batting .309/.391/.512 this year. Gregg entered play on June 22 with a 0.77 ERA, a level of success he had no chance of sustaining. The veteran right-hander has little hope of ending this season with an ERA lower than the 2.98 mark that he currently carries.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 04:56:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Cubs could wait until the August waiver period to deal Kevin Gregg.

Gregg was looking like a decent trade chip for a while, but he has hit a wall recently. The Cubs could wait to see if a need develops somewhere down the road, but he only figures to fetch a lower level prospect anyway.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Kevin Gregg blew his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

He allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk. After a surprisingly good start, Gregg has predictably fallen back, as he's been scored upon in eight of his last 17 appearances and has a 12/14 K/BB ratio over that time. He's still probably getting traded, but the Cubs won't get much in return.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 12:10:00 AM

Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 22nd save on Sunday against the Giants.

He struck out one and walked a batter. Gregg owns a nice 2.68 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but has posted a dreadful 36/20 K/BB rate over 40 1/3 innings. Chicago is hoping to cash him in for a prospect or two in the next 72 hours. If that happens, Pedro Strop, who hasn't allowed a run as a Cub, would likely be moved to the ninth.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 07:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker
9Zach Rosscup