Blue Jays Sign Kevin Gregg

The Blue Jays officially signed Kevin Gregg to a one-year $2.75MM deal that includes a pair of club options. The Blue Jays will have ten days after the 2010 World Series to choose between three options: 

  • Allow Gregg to become a free agent
  • Pick up a $4.5MM option for 2011 
  • Pick up an $8.75MM option for 2011-12 

Gregg spent much of 2009 closing for the Cubs, and he managed to trim his walk rate and increase his strikeouts.  However, he allowed a disastrous 13 home runs in 68.6 innings. Gregg, who was drawn to Toronto because of the chance to close games, will compete with Scott Downs and Jason Frasor for Toronto's closing job. The Blue Jays have a number of relievers competing for jobs, so some have speculated that the club could deal Downs or Frasor, both free agents after the season.

Agent Dan Horwits told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that the Rockies, Padres and Marlins were all interested in Gregg.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the sides were close to a deal. Jon Heyman of SI.com and MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweeted details.


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76 Comments on "Blue Jays Sign Kevin Gregg"


counciltucky
5 years 6 months ago

Well that’s a new one…

5 years 6 months ago

UGH… AA’s first bad move yet. Gregg is going to get destroyed by the AL East. I guess this leads to a Frasor trade.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

Cubs have shown a lot of interest in Frasor. I could see the two teams rekindling talks. So far the Jays have wanted Angel Guzman but the Cubs won’t part with him. Maybe now that they’ve acquired Gregg that’ll soften their stance on getting a late inning reliever in return and something could get done. For some reason, Hendry desperately wants a reliever but appears to be out of money. A trade is probably his only avenue.

rootman1010
5 years 6 months ago

i agree with the potential for a trade with the cubs. it’s really hard to predict what the cubs would trade for him because frasor is a rather valuable player and would be even more valuable to the cubs. im guessing the cubs would part with someone like berg, stevens, atkins, or even samardzija. i dont think they want to trade guzman because he is very talented and the cubs need veterans in the bullpen right now (i know guzman isn’t a veteran but he’s a bit more seasoned than the others). the cubs have pretty good depth in middle relievers/future setup men with berg, caridad, gaub, etc. and may be able to spare one for an established guy like frasor.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

I hope it wouldn’t take too much. Frasor’s been about an average middle reliever most of his career. I hope the Cubs don’t put too much stock in his saves and the numbers he put up in general last year. Frasor makes a decent amount of money (2.5M) so the Cubs may want to trade someone who makes more than the minimum to offset that salary. Sean Marshall is a guy who comes to mind. He makes about 1M so the deal would cost the Cubs about 1.5M net. I’m hoping that would open up a lefty reliever spot for Gaub and if he isn’t ready, you always have Gorzelanny to take Marshall’s spot the pen – especially after Ted Lilly comes back.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“Frasor’s been about an average middle reliever most of his career. I hope the Cubs don’t put too much stock in his saves and the numbers he put up in general last year.”Uhm, you do remember who our GM is, right?That quote is exactly the what attracts Hendry in the first place.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m afraid of! But I will say that he has been holding firm so far about not trading Guzman. “So far” being the operative words. If it’s someone like Marshall, it won’t bother me so much. Last year notwithstanding, I don’t think Frasor is 1.5M better than Marshall, but maybe it means Gaub gets a closer look this spring. He could end up being better than both, especially when you factor in he’ll be doing it at a minimum salary.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

For all we know though, the trade could be Gaub for Frasor. I sure wouldnt put it past JimmyBoy, and there is precedence after the Ceda for Gregg move of last season. Considering a middle reliever capable of closing is a priority for this offseason for Hendry, well…

Also, not completely sure why you are talking about Marshall being the return. A desired BP addition has always been “on top of” not “at the expense of” what we currently have, and Marhall specifically will be one of only 3 realistic options in the running to fill the two open spots to start the year (until Lilly returns). I am pretty sure he wont be moved at this time.

crunchy1
5 years 6 months ago

True enough…I’ll buy that. I could definitely be wrong about Marshall. I was thinking that when Lilly returns, you’ve possibly got Grabow, Gorzelanny, Gaub and Marshall as major league quality lefties out of the pen depending on who the 5th starter is. There could end up being a surplus in that area. That and Marshall’s salary makes the Frasor acquisition less expensive for a team that seems to be out of money. But you’re point is well taken. On the flip side, Gorzelanny is a major candidate for a starting spot even after Lilly returns, leaving Grabow and Marshall as the lefties in the pen if Gaub isn’t ready. And the Cubs may need both to start while Lilly is on the DL…it would certainly be better than using Silva or Parisi in the rotation. Trading Marshall in that scenario would leave them a little thin.

Geez…I hope we don’t see a Gregg/Ceda type deal again. I’ll be ticked if we trade Gaub for Frasor.

By the way, did you read where Hendry said that the Nady signing “rounds out our acquisitions for the winter”? We may going to camp with what we’ve got.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, without Marshall we are in trouble with the starter/long-man depth unless somehow Silva defies all logic and becomes a passable member of the team. And I would almost expect a great overpayment for Frasor because its a position Hendry has been trying to fill all offseason with no luck – that consistently results in his panicking and he has almost always overpaid for the addition under those circumstances.

As far as being done? Well, I think he will still try to tinker with the minor additions or trades as he has told us he thinks the team still has needs through his targets. I think the statement more refers to his running out of cash, as he already overstepped estimates with the Nady addition. That is understood as he did make out better then expected on most arbitration cases, but its unlikely there is much of anything left.

If a trade takes place that would normally add payroll, I would expect the other team to eat cash and/or take Fontenot or Hill in return. (two bench spots the club can replace on the cheap)

rootman1010
5 years 6 months ago

ah! don’t remind me of the ceda/gregg trade! uhhhhhhhhhh

Roll Fizzlebeef
5 years 6 months ago

I’m neither disappointed or enthused about this deal. I’ll wait for the specifics of the deal turn out.

dankane
5 years 6 months ago

Does Greg close?

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Not well.

Well, unless you are rooting for the other team that is.

dankane
5 years 6 months ago

Will he close now?

plantenutz
5 years 6 months ago

I like this. Gregg as the closer and downs as setup, and trade frasor!!

disgustedcubfan
5 years 6 months ago

O.K. I’ll bite. What is it you like about Gregg as the Jays closer?

philpbarnes
5 years 6 months ago

As a red sox fan, I really hope that happens.

Fredschickenshack
5 years 6 months ago

i tohught he was choosing between the rockies and the marlins ?

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

HAHA this is going to be great for the al east, tex,a-rod,granderson,posada,ortiz,youk, etc. is going to DESTROY gregg ,he should signed with the padres and try to reseruct his career not to destroy by playing in the al east where just about all there ball parks are hitters havens and gregg should not be closing for any team

disgustedcubfan
5 years 6 months ago

I couldn’t agree more. There will a fight at the bat rack every time Gregg gets up in the pen.

baseballz
5 years 6 months ago

Kevin Gregg ? This is just a bad bad bad idea. Who in the bullpen is Gregg superior to ? Besides Zech Z of course.

breakz
5 years 6 months ago

Come on, the Jays aren’t competing this year. AA’s trying to improve the farm system, and this is an indirect step in that direction.

Gregg’s either (a) a 1-year rental so they can move Frasor/Downs for prospects, or (b) a 4-month rental they trade for prospects. Either way the Jays get prospects, and that’s what they need right now.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Let the shellacking begin.

bigpat
5 years 6 months ago

Hmm, I guess the Jays are building an entire team of pitchers.

bradfullmerfan
5 years 6 months ago

You don’t need to sign a mediocre reliever when you have 7 better ones already.

baseballz
5 years 6 months ago

See he’s better than Shawn Camp, but they can’t serve the same purposes. This would just be a precurser to another trade

davidchu
5 years 6 months ago

trade downs and frasor for more quality prospects, suck terribly this year, get a top pick out of it and maybe in 2012 there can be a resemblence of a team in toronto.

Shoeless_Joe
5 years 6 months ago

Greg will fill Brandon Leauge’s spot in the bullpen as a 7th inning guy. Downs and Frasor are your 8th/9th guys, but after that there’s a few question marks late in the game. Having Gregg also gives the Jays more options on the trade front.

smokinjays
5 years 6 months ago

exactly. the only reason he’s being talked about as a closer is because it’s clear from his agent that any team that gives him a shot as closer has an advantage in negotiations. he’s being given a chance to prove himself (against 2 better pitchers), that’s it. if he’s as bad as everyone says he is, he’ll end up the 7th inning guy.

besides, i don’t think both frasor and downs will be on the roster come opening day. this gives AA more breathing room to shop those 2 for prospects.

rpriske
5 years 6 months ago

Wow, people on here really don’t understand that Gregg actually has some talent.

Would I trade Frasor for Gregg? No. Would I sign Gregg if I was trading Frasor and getting something in return? Depends on the something.

I see nothing wrong with giving Gregg a shot at the closer job… but he still has to prove himself. Let’s be honest… it isn’t like Frasor or Downs are frontline closers either.

5 years 6 months ago

Gregg will be a free agent again next offseason, with a decent chance of remaining a Type A player, potentially slipping to Type B. The Jays pay a couple million and end up with an extra draft pick in 2011. That’s the only rationale I could come up with for the Jays making this move.

5 years 6 months ago

Jays also have Accardo but Cito is too senile and medicated to remember who he is.

Shoeless_Joe
5 years 6 months ago

Last season Accardo had a FIP of 5. His ERA was more lucky then dominance as his walk rate was horrendous. Its ironic that you point to Accardo as the better option even though he hasn’t been good since 2007. Greg’s only a year removed from a good season rather then two.

http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6428&position=P

grownice
5 years 6 months ago

this move wont even matter, how many games are we going to be able to have a closer in to save games anyways realistically its just a depth move in my eyes.

Dev0
5 years 6 months ago

could also be a sign him and trade him at the deadline if he’s having a good year move.