Posted on 07 January 2010 by Lou
Will Carlos Marmol be able to handle the closer’s role right from the start and for the long haul of an MLB season? Gotta love these questions.
No one questions Marmol’s stuff when he is on. But the 65 walks in 74 innings is downright scary. Walks for a closer are usually the kiss of death…
Posted on 01 December 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs decided not to offer arbitration to Rich Harden, Kevin Gregg, Reed Johnson & Chad Fox before today’s deadline. The move is not surprising for Harden, Gregg and Fox, but I thought that the Cubs might offer arbitration to Johnson. Looks like the Cubs are really going to try to land a center fielder this off-season so that they can move Kosuke Fukudome back to his regular (and more comfortable) right field position.
While Rich Harden made 26 starts for the Cubs in 2009, his history of arm trouble and his high pitch counts made the starter expendable. The Cubs already have Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly and Randy Wells penciled in as 2010 starters and they will pick a 5th starter from within – either Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall or others.
Kevin Gregg lost his closer’s role to Carlos Marmol in the middle of August and the Cubs do not have confidence that Gregg can even be an effective middle reliever, especially given the salary that he would command in arbitration.
The Cubs still have to work out new deals with other arbitration-eligible players – Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Marshall, Jeff Baker and Mike Fontenot. So it is a good move to shed some salary – roughly $15 million or more that would have gone to these 4 players. Tom Ricketts – the new Cubs Chairman – has indicated that the $134 payroll in 2009 will go up slightly for the 2010 MLB season…
Posted on 20 January 2009 by Lou
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.