Cubs Sign Kevin Gregg to a Minor League Contract

According to multiple reports, the Cubs signed Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract on Sunday. Gregg will report to the Cubs’ facilities in Mesa for extended Spring Training.

Kevin Gregg was the Cubs’ closer in 2009 and posted a 5-6 record in 72 games that included 23 saves with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Kevin Gregg had a good spring with the Dodgers and was rather surprised he did not make the team out of camp. Gregg pitched in 11 games with the Dodgers and in 11 innings he surrendered one runs on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts (0.82 ERA and 0.27 WHIP). Gregg pitched with the Orioles the last two seasons and was 3-2 in 40 games for Baltimore last year with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Kevin Gregg will likely report to Iowa when he’s ready to pitch in games.

This move further illustrates the Cubs’ lack of pitching depth in the upper levels of the minors. But at this point, promoting relievers such as Cory Wade, Jensen Lewis or Zach Putnam would likely be a better move than a second stint for Kevin Gregg on the North Side of Chicago.

Kevin Gregg’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • paulcatanese

    Why? Next, Zambrano is still out there. As long as the Cubs are renovating the field, build a special dugout for him, no-one else in it and 15 water coolers with 15 metal bats to hit them with,(metal bats may last a season).
    The musical chairs continue.
    The re-build is getting on at a very slow pace.

    • SuzyS

      Why not trade for Ted Lilly while we’re at it???

      • BosephHeyden

        Maybe they’ll take Valbuena for him straight up? He’s the closest thing we have to Blake DeWitt.

    • Ray Ray

      Ryan Theriot is available still I think? Have him replace Lillibridge. I think Will Ohman is

    • Roland Bowman

      You forgot about Carlos Silva Paul.

  • Ray Ray

    Now the Cubs just claimed Kameron Lowe. Next?

  • Roland Bowman

    Is the plan to bring Kevin Gregg in as the closer if Dolis can’t handle it?

    • calicub

      I don’t think either is planned to be used as a closer. Committee of Camp and Russel is what’s been said

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jed Hoyer = JIM HENDRY II

  • John_CC

    Oh dear god…

  • RynoTiger

    wow with all the dramatic reactions on here I’m not sure if this is the CCO site or an on-line episode of GLEE.

    Look at the stats thus far of the Iowa relievers, especially the one’s mentioned..Wade (ERA 9.39), Putnam (ERA 13.50), Lewis (ERA 16.87). Only Blake Parker and Dolis are viable effective options to consider so far. Sure Gregg was ineffective in his first stint, but the guy is coming off a really good spring training. Might as well give it a try and see what happens. Nothing to lose but more games or if he carries the spring training effectiveness over, then maybe he helps win them.

    • Ray Ray

      Blake Parker was obvious instead of signing stiffs like Loe and Gregg. Parker had a really good spring training as well if you are judging a guy by spring

      • RynoTiger

        and look where Gregg was signed to..minor league..he’s not at the majors…so maybe Parker will get a shot.

        • Dorasaga

          I think Gregg is simply another backup of a replacement of a minor league pitching development plan; i.e. when all existing RP from Iowa fails, then Gregg sure gets a call.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Great point. If everyone roots for the Cubs, why do we dump on EVERYTHING?!

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  • Willie Smith

    Team theo has NO clue how to build a pen. This is sad. And as a near 40 year fan who used to never miss a game; the Ricketts ownership is ruining my love of the game; Kevin Gregg?……..stunning!

  • Jason Penrod

    The quickest way to rebuild is to continue to finish in last place… It worked for the Nationals. Maybe the plan is to have Marmol in the 8th, and Gregg in the 9th… We are sure to lose the lead that way…

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    Just more losing on the cheap. (sigh) Rip was right 3 years ago.

  • Rick Barkan

    The Cubs sure are desparate for pitching

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