The Cubs’ former closer could have one more impact on his previous employer. Kevin Gregg has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays worth $2.75 million … according to a tweet from Jon Heyman, the deal includes two options that could make Gregg’s new contract worth close to $12 million.
Kevin Gregg will compete with Jason Frasor and another former Cub, Scott Downs for the Blue Jays’ closer job this spring. But according to Bruce Levine, the addition of Kevin Gregg could “lead to more talks between the Jays and Cubs about Oak Forest native Jason Frasor.” Jim Hendry is interested in adding a right-handed pitcher to the back of the bullpen … and Jason Frasor has been linked to the Cubs by more than one mainstream media source.
Bruce Levine indicated the casual conversations between the Cubs and Blue Jays might “take on more of a serious tone.”
Jason Frasor avoided arbitration on January 19 by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.65 million. . Frasor’s contract could end up being a problem for the Cubs to add. According to multiple reports, Jim Hendry had to ask the Ricketts family for permission to add Xavier Nady’s salary.
Frasor posted a 7-3 record last year with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Frasor saved 11 games and struck out 56 while walking 16 in 61 games (57 2/3 innings)
Jason Frasor will become a free agent following the 2010 season.
While the Padres have rumored interest in Angel Guzman, the player or players the Blue Jays would want in return for Jason Frasor has not been leaked in the media.
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