Jim Hendry is not done with his roster, he said as much during the Cubs Convention … and the hot stove warmed up a little on Monday with just under a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park.
According to a report from Bruce Levine, Luke Gregerson of the Padres interests the Cubs. Levine mentioned the Cubs interest in the right-handed reliever in his report about the Cubs interest in Jermaine Dye.
Jason Frasor is still in the mix for the backend of the pen according to the report on ESPN Chicago. Luke Gregerson posted a 2-4 record in 72 games for the Padres last season, his first in the big leagues. In 75 innings the right-hander allowed 62 hits, 27 earned runs, walked 31 and struck out 93 (3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP with .319 BABIP). Gregerson served up just three home runs and posted a save.
Gregerson’s splits are concerning. At PETCO, 0-0 in 37 games with a 0.65 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP … on the road, 2-4 with one save, six blown, with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Opponents hit .136 against him at home and .307 on the road.
The Cardinals picked the 25-year old Park Ridge native in the 28th round of the 2006 draft. The Cubs’ minor league pitching coordinator, Mark Riggins, was still in the Cardinals organization at the time.
The Cubs will be in attendance for Ben Sheets workout in Louisiana on Tuesday … but they appear to be doing their due diligence. The Cubs are looking to add a reliever and a fourth outfielder.
Stay Tuned …