According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have acquired Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins in anticipation of possibly losing Kerry Wood to free agency. Buster Olney reported on ESPN.com that his sources indicated Jose Ceda will be sent to Florida in the deal.
Update – 1:47pm C.T. – The deal is official. The Cubs sent Jose Ceda to the Marlins for Kevin Gregg on Wednesday afternoon
Updated – 8:25pm C.T. with additional information on the Gregg-Ceda trade. The players given up for Gregg have not been announced.
Update: 1:41pm C.T. – Buster Olney is reporting the Cubs will send Jose Ceda to the Marlins in the deal.
Update – According to several reports, mostly radio interviews, the Cubs are not going to announce whether Carlos Marmol or Kevin Gregg will be the team’s closer in 2009. The one fact that is known….closing games for the Marlins does not come with the same pressure as pitching in the 9th inning with the game on the line for the Cubs. Gregg was successful for the Marlins in the closer role and only time will tell if he has the make-up to finish games for Lou Piniella.
Kevin Gregg is the fourth arbitration eligible player traded by the always-cash-strapped Florida Marlins. Gregg struggled at the end of last season before losing his closer job. Gregg earned $2.5 million last season and posted a 7-8 record with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 72 games. Gregg converted 29 of 38 save opportunities and walked 37 in 68 2/3 innings with 58 strikeouts. Gregg held opponents to a .203 average and served up only 3 home runs…one, a big blast by Daryle Ward.
Away from Dolphin Stadium, Gregg posted a 2-4 record with 16 saves in 33 games with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. His daytime stats last season were very interesting. Gregg posted a 1-2 record in 24 games with 10 saves, a 0.82 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP while opponents hit .149 against him. Gregg was 0-5 in 74 games with 32 saves for the Marlins in 2007….with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Kevin Gregg was hampered by a sore left knee down the stretch and had knee surgery a few weeks back. Gregg is expected to start pitching in January and be fully recovered and ready for his first Spring Training at Fitch Park. Gregg called his surgery “kind of a maintenance issue.”
Kevin Gregg is “ecstatic about the trade” and has always wanted to pitch for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Jose Ceda was acquired from the Padres for Todd Walker and cash considerations at the trading deadline in 2006. Ceda was viewed as one of the bright spots in the Cubs farm system despite his control problems. Ceda was in big league camp last Spring Training and raised a lot of eyebrows with his electric fastball. Ceda was 4-3 with 9 saves for the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A) and Daytona Cubs (High Class-A) last season and posted a 3.83 ERA.
The Marlins think Ceda will contribute in the back end of their pen “in the very near future, if not right away.”