Kevin Gregg: 5 Potential Suitors for the Orioles Pitcher
Captain Chaos pitched his way out of the closer role for the Orioles last season, and he's off to a poor start this season. Gregg has allowed runs in two of his four appearances to the tune of a 9.64 ERA with a 2.79 WHIP.
The Orioles will have a tough time trying to find a buyer for Gregg. His $5.8 million salary in 2012 will be a very tough sell considering his current performance. Any team that takes him would likely be banking on his past performance.
Here are five teams that could be potential fits for Gregg.
Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox bullpen is hemorrhaging runs, and with Andrew Bailey still on the shelf, someone needs to step in to stop the bleeding.
Boston has the budget to take Gregg if they feel like he is a fit. His veteran presence could allow the Sox to keep Daniel Bard in the rotation while improving the back end. Even if Gregg doesn't close, he'd still add value to a miserable bullpen.
Kansas City Royals
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Jonathan Broxton is not the answer in Kansas City. When Joakim Soria went down with a season-ending injury, things looked grim for the Royals, and it hasn't gotten any better. Greg Holland's injury has also been a challenge to their depth.
Gregg would be a great fit as a setup man or closer. The Royals just might not want to take on the salary.
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With Marmol and Kerry Wood, the Cubs have options, but it couldn't hurt to add more depth. The Cubs have the third-worst ERA in the National League, so they should probably look for improvements.
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The Orioles and Rockies are tied for the most save opportunities in the majors right now with 12 each. The only difference is that the Orioles have locked down nine of theirs, while the Rockies have just seven. That means they have blown five opportunities in 18 games, which is unacceptable.
Rafael Betancourt is more naturally a setup man, and Gregg could slide right in as the closer. This would also not be the first time the Orioles and Rockies exchange pitchers (and the Rockies would once again lose the deal).
Los Angeles Angels
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Jordan Walden is a pretty solid closer. He's saved one out of one opportunities. The issue in Los Angeles is that the rest of the bullpen blew the other four chances.
The Angels have the lowest save percentage in the majors and need to improve their bullpen. The best option is probably to stay internal and go with Garrett Richards, but Gregg could also be an option. He happened to start his career there, so it would be a homecoming.