Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry did it again – he avoided arbitration with a player and now only has to come to terms with reliever Michael Wuertz before Tuesday’s deadline in order to keep his 7-year streak alive and kicking.
The Cubs and Kevin Gregg agreed on a 1-year $4.2 million deal over the weekend. The Cubs acquired Gregg in a trade this off-season. Gregg is 30 years old, and battled some injuries during the 2008 MLB season after a hot start. Gregg saved 29 games for the Marlins in 2008. He pitched in 72 games and amassed a 3.41 ERA. Gregg is expected to compete for the Cubs closer position with Carlos Marmol, but most believe he will serve as Marmol’s set-up man once the season begins.
Gregg did have knee surgery right after the 2008 MLB season ended, but has resumed normal throwing workouts already. He has reported no further knee issues this off-season and is expected to be ready to go right at the start of Spring Training.