Back to it: Cubs acquire Kevin Gregg

There’s no slowing down in baseball’s off-season: General manager Jim Hendry has been working the phone for a couple weeks coming out of the team’s organizational meetings, and he made his first major move today by picking up Marlins right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg for hard-throwing prospect Jose Ceda.

Gregg is a 6-6, 238-pound flame-thrower, who has been effective against both left- and right-handed batters. With the Marlins in 2007 and 2008, Gregg pitched in several late-inning roles, including closer. He features a mid- to high-90s fastball and a splitter.

More updates to come

Thanks to all of you who have stuck with the Vine Line blog during the off-season. We’ll be updating regularly over the coming months, including with updates on the magazine as some of you have requested.

In the coming days, look for extended comments on Geovany Soto and Lou Piniella on their awards as well as the year ahead.


The signing of Kevin Gregg reminds me of Lee Smith, who was about 6 foot 7 himself. Hopefully with his size and 90-95mph fastball he will be dominant. Kerry Wood had a good career with the Cubs, just plagued with injuries. Maybe if the Cubs would have tried him in the closer role before, he might not have hurt his arm from pitching too many innings. I also think the Cubs could improve their lineup with the addition of Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners in right. He is a perfect leadoff manm who gets 200 plus hits every year.Plus he has a cannon for a right arm. The Cubs could trade Derrick Lee and prospects for Ichiro. Then go get Raul Ibanez to play first base, who is a solid power hitter. These moves would add even more offense to the Cubs.

It’s great that you guys are blogging again!

First, I think it’s sad that Kerry Wood is gone. I’m not saying Kevin Gregg isn’t going to be great as the Cubs closer/set-up man, I just wish the Cubs could have at least signed Kerry to a one- or two-year deal.

Second, I have a question ; do you know if Jim McArdle is going to publish the book he was working on during the season?

Kevin Gregg is a nice addition but it certainly wouldnt hurt to sign kerry to a 1 year deal. Woody would work with the club to make it affordable. However if this team signs the big unit instead that would be a disaster



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