Orioles Sign Kevin Gregg

The Orioles officially announced that they signed Kevin Gregg to a two-year deal. The contract will pay Gregg $10MM and includes an option, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (all Twitter links). The vesting option would bring the total value of the deal to the $16-20MM range, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Beverly Hills Sports Council represents the right-hander.

Gregg saved 37 games for the Blue Jays in 2010. The 32-year-old posted 8.8 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 along with a 3.51 ERA. Koji Uehara, another candidate to close for Buck Showalter, posted a miniscule 1.0 BB/9 to go along with 11.3 K/9 in 2010.

Jim Johnson, Mike Gonzalez and another former Blue Jay, Jeremy Accardo, will also likely contribute out of the Orioles' 'pen in 2011. Alfredo Simon is currently involved in an investigation into a fatal shooting in the Dominican Republic, so it's not clear whether he'll be able to pitch.

The Blue Jays will obtain a draft pick for losing Gregg, but the Orioles do not have to surrender one. Toronto amateur scouting director Andrew Tinnish now has seven of the top 72 picks in the 2011 draft. 

The Orioles could still use a left-handed reliever and a starter who can eat innings at the back of the team's rotation.


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193 Comments on "Orioles Sign Kevin Gregg"


4 years 7 months ago

lol

4 years 7 months ago

I like what the Orioles have done this offseason – they have a solid lineup and tons of young pitching talent with a decent bullpen. While I still expect them to be 5th, an 83-87 win 3rd place season isn’t that far off.

Will Gregg or Gonzalez close, Orioles fans? I don’t know much about Gonzalez but I hope for your sake he’s a better option than Gregg.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

orioles are terrible, all the prospects they have built up have flopped and under achieve..

They are terrible team who’s future looks no where as bright as the royals, pirates and nats in terms of prospects

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Brian Matusz is terrible, right?

And let’s give up on Matt Wieters. He’s way too old to have a break out year. All catching prospects are studs by the time they’re 24.

In that vein, let’s give up on Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen as well. And Chris Tillman, even though he’s only 23.

And who cares about prospects? In two sentences, you talk about O’s prospects flopping and then give props to Royals, Pirates and Nats prospects. Since when is any prospect a sure thing?

4 years 7 months ago

I’ve given up on Machado since he’s 18 and hasn’t made it to the majors yet. Not impressed.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i hope people can see through the sarcasm

bomberj11
4 years 7 months ago

That’s not sarcasm.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i hope your comment is sarcasm

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

The difference is that the orioles prospects have had chances to prove and establish themselves and failed to do that..

I like Wieters and Matusz, but I think both will fail to live up to the expectations that fans and media have set on them. .

The rebuild has been terrible, they have a decent core, but by the time some of their prospects actually start to contribute on a major league level, guys like Markekis & Jones will be out the door.

I’m not a hater, but whether you want to admit it or not, the future is not bright in baltimore.

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

the future is not right in baltimore? really….. because toronto is gonna be a force to be reckoned with?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

what does that have to do with anything?

why do you feel that my point isn’t valid based on the success of the team i route for?? Thats a highly flawed response and argument

based on that, I chose to not response to your idiotic comment, because, much like you, its irrelevant

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

so sensitive. im not saying the o’s are world series contenders. im just saying they have a legit shot at finishing in third. its just funny because a blue jays fan telling orioles fan that their future isnt bright is like a 350 pound guy telling a 400 pound guy that he is fat

4 years 7 months ago

The future is actually pretty bright in TO.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

but the 400 pound guy is fatter

sadp
4 years 7 months ago

I think the difference here is that the 400 pound guy is eating slightly less McDonalds every day while telling his friends he’s going to get thin, and the 350 pound guy has a personal trainer, a new diet, and a serious workout regimen while telling his friends they’ve got to be patient until he’s super ripped.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

analogy of the day

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

analogy of the day

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 7 months ago

All of a sudden I’ve lost any cravings for McDonalds.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 7 months ago

All of a sudden I’ve lost any cravings for McDonalds.

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

Well done.

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

Well done.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

That analogy was so 5 posts ago.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

That analogy was so 5 posts ago.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

Hilarious.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

Don’t mind him. He’s a Jays troll. He regularly pops into Baltimore news just to post how bad he thinks the Os are. He’s entitled to his opinion. You’re right though. Essentially it’s some kind of weird turf war over the #4 slot in the division, that he’s arguing from.

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

yeah its kind of funny actually. i think we all can agree the red sox have that division won. im from bmore and now live in la. so i do have an interest in the orioles.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

Don’t mind him. He’s a Jays troll. He regularly pops into Baltimore news just to post how bad he thinks the Os are. He’s entitled to his opinion. You’re right though. Essentially it’s some kind of weird turf war over the #4 slot in the division, that he’s arguing from.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Perfect response! The Al East could potentially have all 5 teams finish .500 or better IMO!

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Perfect response! The Al East could potentially have all 5 teams finish .500 or better IMO!

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

so sensitive. im not saying the o’s are world series contenders. im just saying they have a legit shot at finishing in third. its just funny because a blue jays fan telling orioles fan that their future isnt bright is like a 350 pound guy telling a 400 pound guy that he is fat

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Doubting Wieters is understandable, but only because of the massive amount of hype that literally everyone associated with baseball placed on his shoulders.

And what is it about Matusz that makes you think he’s not going to live up to expectations? His 3.63 ERA in the second half of 2010 (2.18 in his final 11 starts) or the fact that you’re obviously a biased Blue Jays fan?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

What does me being a blue jay fan have to do with my assessment of baltimore? It’s not like they are the yankees or the red sox and I have had to deal with the behemoths of baseball and grown a hate for them. Its the Orioles, if it were up to me I would love for them to be successful but they are not.

And granted your point on Matusz is valid, and as I said I do like him. However he is only one player, the Orioles depth or lack there of is the concerning part for me.

Do you envision them being out of the basement, 4/5 in the AL east in the next 5 years?

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Sure.

I can easily see Matusz putting up a 3.50ish ERA and winning 15+ games in 2011. Add another sub-4.00 ERA season from Jeremy Guthrie and a bit more progress from Jake Arrieta and Brad Bergesen and that’s the start of a solid rotation. I do think that finding a veteran to fill out the rotation will be huge. Throwing Chris Tillman into the fire again would be a huge mistake, and Zach Britton should stay in AAA for at least half of 2011.

Next, look at the massive offensive upgrades. Check out the O’s 2010 production from first, short and third in 2010:

First: .226/.289/.336, 11 HR
Short: .236/.277/.272, 1 HR
Third: .260/.290/.378, 16 HR

Derrek Lee, J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds will be absolutely ridiculous upgrades at those positions. And adding Lee and Reynolds to the middle of the lineup makes Nick Markakis that much better. And it takes a lot of pressure off Matt Wieters and Adam Jones. And it makes a repeat more likely for Luke Scott.

I really do think that, if things go right in 2011, the O’s could win 85 games. And 85 wins could be enough proof for Peter Angelos that they’re only a slugger and a starter away from winning the division. That could make Prince Fielder and trading for an ace a real possibility.

So, do I envision the O’s climbing out of the basement in the next five years? Sure, why not?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Great post,

I agree that things are looking better, but much like being a Jay fan, you need to add the AL east factor in to future projections

I mean even at its peak, a rotation of Matusz, Guthrie, Bergesen and Arriata might never be good enough to be 3rd best within the division..

I just think that the Orioles haven’t drafted enough high ceiling talent, they haven’t taken enough chances with their picks, and because of that they get very good or very decent major leaguers, but within the division, that only gets you so far..

With the re tooling that the Sox have done, the young core the rays have and lets be serious here, the yanks were shut out this offseason, which means next offseason they are probably going to go buck wild.

I think perhaps in a nother division 2 or 3 years with 1 or 2 more impact bats and a bonafide top of the rotation starter and the O’s can be a threat, but in this division, I just don’t see the talent maturing to the point that it needs to in order to be AL East champs

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

You’ve got to factor in the AL East for sure.

And you’re right about the Yankees, but even they have a limit. There isn’t much on the 2012 market that fits the Yankees needs (pitching pitching pitching), unless you think Mark Buerhle or Edwin Jackson can make a difference in their rotation.

It’s been tossed out there, but will the Yanks really spend for Fielder ($160MM) or Pujols ($300MM) to DH? Especially since they’re going to have to use that DH spot for Rodriguez and Jeter in the coming years.

And I see the Rays as in the same position as the Orioles now, except that they have Evan Longoria. Who’s supplying 30+ homers at first base for Tampa? Who’s their top of the lineup threat who plays excellent left field defense? Sure, Price/Garza/Shields/Davis/Hellickson/Niemann etc are a top shelf group of starters, but can they afford to hang on to Garza through his arbitration years? Will Hellickson and/or Davis pan out?

Boston looks like the top dog for the next several years to me. With those team friendly extensions for Lester, Pedroia and Youkilis, they won’t have any problem extending Adrian Gonzalez. And Buchholz isn’t a free agent until, when, 2015? Add Crawford to that bunch and what a core they’ve got there…

The real shot for Baltimore (or Toronto or Tampa) is the wild card. Sure, the O’s (or the Jays or the Rays) may not be able to surpass Boston, but can they be better than the second place team in the Central and the West? I’m going to go with “yes”.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Time will tell. good talk, see you out there

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Time will tell. good talk, see you out there

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

You’ve got to factor in the AL East for sure.

And you’re right about the Yankees, but even they have a limit. There isn’t much on the 2012 market that fits the Yankees needs (pitching pitching pitching), unless you think Mark Buerhle or Edwin Jackson can make a difference in their rotation.

It’s been tossed out there, but will the Yanks really spend for Fielder ($160MM) or Pujols ($300MM) to DH? Especially since they’re going to have to use that DH spot for Rodriguez and Jeter in the coming years.

And I see the Rays as in the same position as the Orioles now, except that they have Evan Longoria. Who’s supplying 30+ homers at first base for Tampa? Who’s their top of the lineup threat who plays excellent left field defense? Sure, Price/Garza/Shields/Davis/Hellickson/Niemann etc are a top shelf group of starters, but can they afford to hang on to Garza through his arbitration years? Will Hellickson and/or Davis pan out?

Boston looks like the top dog for the next several years to me. With those team friendly extensions for Lester, Pedroia and Youkilis, they won’t have any problem extending Adrian Gonzalez. And Buchholz isn’t a free agent until, when, 2015? Add Crawford to that bunch and what a core they’ve got there…

The real shot for Baltimore (or Toronto or Tampa) is the wild card. Sure, the O’s (or the Jays or the Rays) may not be able to surpass Boston, but can they be better than the second place team in the Central and the West? I’m going to go with “yes”.

padresfuture
4 years 7 months ago

85 wins would require alot to go right in the AL EAST. I could see 80 wins.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

What does me being a blue jay fan have to do with my assessment of baltimore? It’s not like they are the yankees or the red sox and I have had to deal with the behemoths of baseball and grown a hate for them. Its the Orioles, if it were up to me I would love for them to be successful but they are not.

And granted your point on Matusz is valid, and as I said I do like him. However he is only one player, the Orioles depth or lack there of is the concerning part for me.

Do you envision them being out of the basement, 4/5 in the AL east in the next 5 years?

mattevilspawn
4 years 7 months ago

Agreed on Wieters and Matusz, xub. The Wieters hype was re-donkulous! Seriously, if he lives up to half the FBB/media hype, he’ll be a perennial All-Star. 😉

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

If he turns out to be .280/.360/.460 hitter (what’s that, like a quarter of the hype?), he could be a perennial All Star.

mattevilspawn
4 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t paint the O’s future with doom and gloom at all. I like the moves they’ve made this off-season. And look at how well the 2010 team played under Showalter. I consider myself unbiased – not a big O’s fan or hata – I just love baseball. Period. And as a baseball fan, I’m excited to see how 2011 plays out.

4 years 7 months ago

If the Orioles are trash then the Jays are a landfill. Just saying.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

LOL

you should submit a resume to the blue collar comedy tour with knee slappers like that!

4 years 7 months ago

hey orioles look like an improving team, but only for 2011 at the moment. they seem to lack a really good farm system. all that can change in a year tho, as the jays have shown.

hopefully with some decent starts to the year they can flip some of the guys they have acquired for some real premium prospects

4 years 7 months ago

So who are the prospects who haven’t established themselves? Matusz? He only went 7-3 with a 3.63 ERA in the second half last year, and is 15-14 with a 4.37 ERA for his very young career. Kid is only 23…how has he failed to establish himself? I think those numbers indicate a very bright future…

So then let’s look at Jake Arrieta, who hasn’t even HAD a chance to establish himself yet with just a half season in the bigs under his belt. He posted a respectable 4.66 ERA and a 6-6 record once he was called up. But he’s 24, I guess he’s only going to get worse.

Brad Bergesen has a very respectable 4.33 ERA on his young career. And this is even factoring in an abominable first half of 2010 which I’m not paying too much attention to, he did not have his pitches working the way he is capable of. He had a great 2009 before going down with that shin injury, and finished 2010 very, very strong. I think it’s safe to say he’s got some future in the big leagues.

Oh, and Wieters. What to say. Surely he had a disappointing year in 2010. But in no way, shape or form should he be written off as a bust. He’s only 23 as well, and he had a solid rookie campaign. He also finished the 2010 season strong offensively, hitting .282 over the last month.

Adam Jones has been a consistent 20 HR/70 RBI guy and has a gold glove. I can live with him not being a 30 HR/100 RBI guy. I guess he’s terrible though.

Can you please give me some examples of prospects who..and I’m quoting you here…”have had chances to prove and establish themselves and failed to do that”? I really, really hate when people make claims and don’t back them up with any facts.

But all of the above surely points out how terrible the Orioles young core is. And “Markekis” as you call him…has been nothing short of a failure, obviously.

4 years 7 months ago

Someone is upset that we took Gregg from him…

bomberj11
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah like that Markakis guy…

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

yah, lucky one player makes a team

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

yah, lucky one player makes a team

bomberj11
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah like that Markakis guy…

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

Truthfully, I still expect Koji Uehara to be the closer as long as he stays healthy. Gregg and Gonzalez will likely battle for the opportunities on the days when Koji is unavailable to go. I’m doubtful Buck is the kind of manager who takes a guy out of the closer role who never walks people for someone who does.

penpaper
4 years 7 months ago

Buck is also the guy who hates giving people “titles”. Gonzo against lefties, Koji against righties. Which makes this move just that more puzzling.

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

True. I think Buck would rather have the more experience he can get at the back of the bullpen in general. Especially if Johnson goes down again and Berken’s issues aren’t over.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

There’s some joke here about him being murder in the pen.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Dislike.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Good for you.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Good for you.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

he’s not bad as a reliever. He’s just bad as a closer

4 years 7 months ago

Agreed Frank, because Kevin Gregg doesn’t have “closer stuff”! We all saw evidence of this as he imploded in the closer role with both Florida in ’08 and Chicago in “09. He’ll be an ok reliever when there’s nothing at stake

4 years 7 months ago

Gregg definitely has closer stuff. It is just not clear whether he has closer control or the mental endurance to be sharp day after day.

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

There are at least 50 guys in the bigs that fit that description.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 7 months ago

I personally don’t believe in the mental aspect for players. Players are either good or they aren’t. Manny Ramirez is said to be a headcase, yet he’s had a HoF career because of his talent.

Gregg walks too many batters, and only has one great pitch – his fastball.

4 years 7 months ago

Gregg definitely has closer stuff. It is just not clear whether he has closer control or the mental endurance to be sharp day after day.

NWDC
4 years 7 months ago

The Orioles picked a weird time to go “all in” considering the Red Sox are overloaded in 2011 and the Yankees still look strong. Even the Rays won’t be horrible. The O’s would be luck to finish 3rd.

4 years 7 months ago

How are they going all in? Signing Lee to keep first base warm, trading for Reynolds who will be here for a while, and trading for Hardy because SS was empty doesn’t sound like all in type moves.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

The O’s are going “all in”?

They’ve traded relief prospects to fill gaping holes at short and third, signed a stop-gap first baseman and one relief pitcher.

If that’s their way of going “all in”, ugh…

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

The Os are hardly “all-in”. Theyve signed a lot of guys but it’s all basically cheap short term contracts. There isn’t anyone beyond 2 years contracts, or very expensive either.

0vercast
4 years 7 months ago

It’s not like there’s going to be a better time in the near future. I don’t see the Sox and Yanks falling off into mediocrity any time soon.

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

“All in” would be offering huge deals to Lee, Crawford and Beltre. I’d call this “toes in.”

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

“All in” would be offering huge deals to Lee, Crawford and Beltre. I’d call this “toes in.”

4 years 7 months ago

Move Luke Scott to Left, sign Vlad as the DH and WORLD F’ng SERIES MAN!

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

i think as long as brian roberts stays healthy and the young rotation steps up, this team can be be the rays of 08. i know reynolds strikes out a lot but his power bat along with lee, markakis, jones and weiters is gonna be deadly

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

guess instead of 15-3 the jays will go the full 18-0 for the O’s next year

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Right… Because the Orioles haven’t improved at all and the Jays got sooooo much better when they traded Marcum and didn’t do anything else.

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

They have improved because Bautista will improve and hit 70 HRs in 2011.

4 years 7 months ago

Bautista hit 70 HR? His career average is less than 1/4 that…Jays would be happy if he hits 30HR this year

rzepczynski
4 years 7 months ago

John stefan meet sarcasm…. sarcasm this is John Stefan

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

it was just a joke at Gregg’s expense. stop being so defensive all the time

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

it was just a joke at Gregg’s expense. stop being so defensive all the time

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

is this sarcasm?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

no its a colorful picture of a mountain

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i thought so

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

no its a colorful picture of a mountain

Sniderlover
4 years 7 months ago

Stop underestimating the Orioles. While Gregg is not a great signing, it’s minimal risk. It’s only for 2 years at a reasonable cost.

Orioles may surprise a few people next season.

rzepczynski
4 years 7 months ago

The jays had him for 2 years 8 mill…. wonder if he could of got better value then a comp pick if he were to be traded with both those options picked up…

Sniderlover
4 years 7 months ago

Problem with that, Jays take a risk because what if he has a bad year? Then no pick and you wouldn’t receive much. Besides, having a pick in one of the strongest draft class might be more value than some prospect with minimal upside.

rzepczynski
4 years 7 months ago

they could of shopped him before the options kicked in ship him to a team for him at 1/4 which is a huge discount, or if they want him at 2/10

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

Just sign the rest of the available BP free agents and get it over with.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

The Os have really added a lot of solid complimentary parts this offseason. They always had the strong young core, but didn’t quite have the veteran pieces to help their development along. The real proof of this offseason’s work will be seen in the performance of Matusz, other young guns, Markakis, Wieters, Jones.

kräftig. entschieden
4 years 7 months ago

This team can not and will not be the Rays of 08 unless three things happen: Adam Jones and Matt Wieters must suddenly become superstars, and Matsuz must become a legitimate ace. The possibility of all three of these things happening this year are remote, although the Orioles are putting themselves in good position for the future.

basemonkey
4 years 7 months ago

I remember a lot of people saying similar things about Jimenez, Tulo, and CarGo last year. Not saying that it WILL happen, but to suggest it just CAN’T happen is also not accurate.

How much farther does Jones have to go to be a star? He has a pretty decent foundation to work with already. Matusz showed a spectacular second half, final two months that was among the best in baseball. Wieters came to the bigs with more acclaim and track record than CarGo did (as good as it was). If we take his current progress into account, he’s following somewhere ahead of most quality catchers, and shy of Mauer level at the same age. People forget that it took Mauer 5 yrs to really get on track to how we think of him today.

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

I understand the move but I’m not exactly worried if I’m the opposing team when Kevin Gregg takes the mound in a one run game.

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

To be honest, outside of Mariano Rivera, there aren’t many bullpen pitchers in the AL East period I’d be exactly worried about coming in during a one-run game.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Bard is a great bullpen arm

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

He was a great bullpen arm last year, no doubt. But he hasn’t been around long enough to make me tremble if I’m an opposing hitter. He needs a little more track record before that.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

you mean not worried right?

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

I suppose it was confusing the way I twisted the play on chuck’s “not exactly worried”. I just meant, in the AL East there are FEW bullpen pitchers the opposing team doesn’t feel they have much of a chance against when it’s only a one-run game.

4 years 7 months ago

Bard and Rivera. Everybody else, a meltdown is a very realistic possibility.

4 years 7 months ago

He probably won’t be doing that much. He’s effectively a middle reliever, and probably about third on the closer depth chart. If Koji gets injured, the Orioles will probably just use Gonzalez and Gregg to combine to rape left handed and right handed hitters.

dodgerblue1983
4 years 7 months ago

jones and weiters will have a better season hitting before or after lee. since the o’s have added a lot of thunder in their lineup, markakis, jones and weiters will see better pitches. lee is no manny but kemp and ethier were mashers hitting in front of him.

Tracy Dawn
4 years 7 months ago

Yes he is and he had a wonderful season last year. But personally, I’d need to see him put together a little bit more of a track record before I’m putting him in Rivera’s category. I’m not ready to give it to Bard after a year plus.

nationals1
4 years 7 months ago

I’m a pretty big jays fan and ill tell Baltimore fans this:
Kevin Gregg is NOT a closer, last year about 20/32 saves gave me a heart attack before he closed it out
I have to give the guy credit though, when he’s rested his stuff his nasty.

On a totally different note the the Jays have 7 draft picks in the top 72 picks, YAY!
They also have Brett Lowrie, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Gose, Deck Mcguire, Adeiny Hechavarria, Zach Stewart, J.P. Arencebia, Travis D’Arnaud, and Gustavo Pierre
It’s safe to say the future is bright

4 years 7 months ago

You missed one of their most highly-regarded prospects: Carlos Perez. Things are exciting in TO.

4 years 7 months ago

You missed one of their most highly-regarded prospects: Carlos Perez. Things are exciting in TO.

nationals1
4 years 7 months ago

I’m a pretty big jays fan and ill tell Baltimore fans this:
Kevin Gregg is NOT a closer, last year about 20/32 saves gave me a heart attack before he closed it out
I have to give the guy credit though, when he’s rested his stuff his nasty.

On a totally different note the the Jays have 7 draft picks in the top 72 picks, YAY!
They also have Brett Lowrie, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Gose, Deck Mcguire, Adeiny Hechavarria, Zach Stewart, J.P. Arencebia, Travis D’Arnaud, and Gustavo Pierre
It’s safe to say the future is bright

rzepczynski
4 years 7 months ago

The jays had him for 2 years 8 mill…. wonder if he could of got better value then a comp pick if he were to be traded with both those options picked up…

denvir78
4 years 7 months ago

It’s been a solid off-season for the O’s; particularly when you consider the difficulty McPhail must run into when attempting to sign the bigger names out there. With no cache’ (like say, the Rays…now that is) and playing in what is easily the most difficult division in baseball, against the richest teams in the game…it’s surely no easy task to convince the Carl Crawfords or even the Victor Martinez’s of the world to join up with the Birds. What McPhail was able to do via trades, then, was pretty impressive. I don’t agree that we’re looking at a Rays-like jump into contention, but it’s a step in the right direction made without sacrificing the future. None of the players/prospects dealt in the Reynolds/Hardy deals were particularly significant building blocks (though I liked David Hernandez a bit) and the contracts signed or picked up were short-term and/or relatively modest (by baseball standards, that is). It will be interesting to see how the young guys develop this coming season- what, with a full year with Buck at the helm and a surrounding cast of veteran professionals. Markakis, Jones, Pie, Wieters, Matusz, Arrieta, Bergeson, Tillman… It will be a fascinating and critical year for all. I think by season’s end, we’ll have a real idea what we’ve got in these kids (OK, Markakis has been around and producing for a while, but I still think the presences of Reynolds, Hardy, and Lee could influence his numbers in ways we’ve yet to see from him)- for better or worse. I think .500 would be a real achievement and would demonstrate positive progression for this franchise under McPhail and Showwalter, respectively. Anything more would be gravy. Even so, I think the likelihood of their finishing last in the East is, once again, quite high. For this reason, while I’ll be watching the O’s, I probably won’t be watching the standings.

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

Agree. The O’s won’t be the ‘easy’ series for the big boys anymore. This is really good as far as the competition in the AL east this year.The O’s will take a few more games from all the division members and make the race a whole lot closer this year. As a baseball fan, I’m happy for them and their fans.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Do you have a enter bar on your keyboard?

GoRav114
4 years 7 months ago

cmon, the O’s are not saying this moves makes them a world series contender, they are making the club better. A new proven manager, a young nucleus with potential, a couple of veteran types playing for a contract, and a solid bullpen. With a solid major league pitcher this team really could at least play above .500 baseball which could be a catapult for next year. Angelos will spend money once he is convinced the O’s have a shot at winning. The O’s have done a very formidable job this offseason and I think a couple of moves will still be made.

Please don’t sign Soriano though as he will cost to much and not be the difference between making or not making the playoffs. Would like to see Millwood signed again for maybe a 1/5 mil deal to be the number 3 or 4 in the rotation. Go O’s.

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

I think Kevin Millwood would rather retire than suffer through the AL East again.

I can easily see him with the Mets, Oakland or Kansas City.

4 years 7 months ago

felt bad for millwood, he was posting decent numbers at the beginning of the season but i think the losing got to him. after the all star break his numbers came back a bit too, still a worthwhile pitcher in my books

GoRav114
4 years 7 months ago

cmon, the O’s are not saying this moves makes them a world series contender, they are making the club better. A new proven manager, a young nucleus with potential, a couple of veteran types playing for a contract, and a solid bullpen. With a solid major league pitcher this team really could at least play above .500 baseball which could be a catapult for next year. Angelos will spend money once he is convinced the O’s have a shot at winning. The O’s have done a very formidable job this offseason and I think a couple of moves will still be made.

Please don’t sign Soriano though as he will cost to much and not be the difference between making or not making the playoffs. Would like to see Millwood signed again for maybe a 1/5 mil deal to be the number 3 or 4 in the rotation. Go O’s.

mattevilspawn
4 years 7 months ago

Gregg is an interesting sign. At $5M, does that give him first dibs on the CP spot? Would like to know more info. Uehara did well in the CP role last year. Gonzalez has been an effective CP in the past. That gives them three potential CP candidates. I’m wondering if this was a move not only for depth, but possibly with the thought of using one of the three as trade-bait at the 2011 deadline.