Orioles Designate Gregg, Adams For Assignment

The Orioles announced that they have designated right-hander Kevin Gregg and infielder Ryan Adams for assignment. The moves create 40-man roster space for Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes, whose contracts were selected from Triple-A Norfolk.

Gregg signed a two-year, $10MM contract with Baltimore after the 2010 season, but he struggled with the Orioles, posting a 4.53 ERA from 2011-12. He appeared in 40 games this year, posting a 4.74 ERA with 7.6 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 and a 47.8 % ground ball rate in 43 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old's contract includes a $6MM team option for 2013 that evidently won't be exercised.

Adams spent the entire 2012 season in the minor leagues. The 25-year-old posted a .225/.317/.348 batting line in 279 plate appearances across three levels this year, playing second and third base. Adams, the Orioles' second round selection in 2006, appeared in 29 games at the MLB level last year.

28 Responses to Orioles Designate Gregg, Adams For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. mike melusky 3 years ago

    Kevin Gregg was the problem with our negative run-differential.

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Or the fact the O’s are playing way over their heads?

      • OsFan106 3 years ago

        The O’s are not playing over their heads. Our winning record is the result of a good bullpen and improved starting pitching. Fixing our defensive issues from the first half has helped as well. The only reason for the negative run differential is due to us winning a lot of 1 run ballgames (a credit to our bullpen) and getting blown out in losses. Watch the team regularly and you will see what im talking about.

        • mike melusky 3 years ago

          Exactly. Gregg turned so many close games into 13-3 losses. It was time for him to go. Bringing him in from the pen was the equivalent of using gasoline to put out a fire.

        • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

          The only reason for the negative run differential is due to us winning a lot of 1 run ballgames (a credit to our bullpen) and getting blown out in losses.

          Right, and because of this the O’s are playing over their heads. One-run games are essentially a coin-flip, and odds are 50% for each outcome. With the Orioles at a ridiculous 25-7, or 78% percentage of one-run games won, it’s hard to argue that it’s not luck. A decent bullpen and offense may get you at about 60%, but nearly 80%? You have to get a lot of great bounces for that.

          Not to take anything away from the Orioles though. Their organization and fans deserve a good ride. Unfortunately, so do my Jays lol.

          • OsFan106 3 years ago

            Might i also add, if you take away games against the Angels and Rangers we have a positive run differential.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

            Take away a few blow out wins the Orioles have had, the run differential gets worse. What’s your point?

          • OsFan106 3 years ago

            My point is that the Rangers and Angels are the only two teams that have given us problems this year. We have kept pace with everyone else. Also pointing out that the Orioles’ run differential isnt as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be.

          • Meh Sheep 3 years ago

            How about take away 3 of the starters from early in the season who aren’t starting anymore who by themselves have horrid run differentials: Arrietta, Matusz, Hunter. Consistent starting pitching leads to positive run differential.

        • mmiller54 3 years ago

          One run games are luck. Ask the Diamondbacks who won most of them last year and can’t win many this year (reason for slide)

          • FS54 3 years ago

            if I am not mistaken, Dbacks had a great bullpen last season.

          • mmiller54 3 years ago

            True, but not many of those pieces left. It shows that bullpens fluctuate greatly. The O’s bullpen may regress and start to cost them 1 run games. It doesn’t take much regression to start losing 1 run games.

          • FS54 3 years ago

            actually it depends. Look at Braves. their bullpens are usually pretty good every year. yes, few guys struggle from year to year; but if the unit itself is working that means the management is doing their job. I also remember Os having couple of bullpen arms as trade baits last season (koji was one I believe). so yeah, your bullpen can remain consistent performer over years, depending on how you manage it. of course at this point, this is just my theory. nothing proven. 😛

          • mmiller54 3 years ago

            At least from the Dbacks perspective, bullpen has regressed and clutch late game hitting disappeared.

          • Rabbitov 3 years ago

            If thats true, then all of baseball is luck.

          • mmiller54 3 years ago

            Not every team wins by such a small margin.

      • That’s what they were saying in May, June, July, and August, and guess what? It’s almost halfway through September and the Birds are still in contention with a pretty weak schedule the rest of the way. So I think it’s about time to cool it with the “playing over their heads” talk.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          orioles fans: care less about defending your team’s statistical honor and more about enjoying the ride

          is the season flukey? very. is the season great anyway? it better be

          • Rabbitov 3 years ago

            I don’t really get why people are hung up on the +/- overall so much. I’d be much more hung up on how they rank in hitting and pitching, its very Rays-esq, finding ways to win regardless of the situation.

          • Max Pogacar 3 years ago

            Woah. We ARE enjoying the ride. It’s just hard to not say anything when every other baseball fan taunts us with run differential. Honestly? The stat scares me and I’m shocked that we keep on winning. My best buddy is an A’s fan and we both keep exchanging messages of disbelief. And HE has run differential on his side. If the A’s, Rays and O’s all make it this year? Might be the best postseason of my life.
            Now get off our back. We’ve taken enough flack over the last 14 years.

  2. Orsulakfan 3 years ago

    Probably a good move in terms of on-the-field production, but Gregg was a
    good team citizen and I respect him. Wish he could have connected on
    that haymaker on Ortiz last year, then he’d be an enduring Orioles
    legend. I hope Hoes can continue that hot hitting up in the majors, but
    it’s a lot to ask. Local kid, rooting for him big time.

  3. johnsilver 3 years ago

    There goes the orioles hopes out the door in Kevin Gregg.. Now they are a shoo-in to win, rather than “hope” to lose most every game he comes into that is close and him walk the bases loaded, before melting down and blowing the game wide open :-)

    Wise move Duquette. maybe NY will pick him up? One can only hope.

  4. Guest 3 years ago

    Sweet! I’m gonna get me a Hoes shirsey and a Boats shirsey for the wife.

  5. I haven’t been this excited about a DFA since the Nats got rid of Brad Lidge! Gregg was literally the only Oriole I didn’t like. Glad to see they found a way to get LJ Hoes up, he and Endy should be pretty helpful in holding down the outfield until Nicky (hopefully) comes back.

  6. sarcasm_robot 3 years ago

    kevin gregg proves the point that not all guys with glasses know what they’re doing.

  7. davengmusic 3 years ago

    LJ Hoes?

  8. BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

    hopefully Kevin Gregg can find the door easier than he could find the strike zone…good riddance

  9. MisterB_71 3 years ago

    One more thing that the DFA for Gregg means is the O’s get to slot in a new player for the post-season roster. Gregg would have made the roster but this opens up a slot for an extra arm like Philips or Arrieta or an extra bat like Avery or Hoes. With Markakis needing to be replaced and now a slot from Gregg’s departure, this gives some nice flexibility for October baseball.

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