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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.

Lou extended through 2010

While pitchers were practicing pickoffs and taking fielding practice at the start of this afternoon’s workout, general manager Jim Hendry announced that the club had picked up the 2010 option on Lou Piniella’s contract. The deal, signed in late-2006, originally called for three years with a club option for a fourth.

Jim approached Cubs chairman Crane Kenney previously about extending Lou, and he said the timing was right to do it now rather than in the off-season, when contracts, extensions and changes fill the news headlines. Jim expressed that he was grateful that Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell approved the deal while a sale of the team is in the works.

“Obviously, no one doesn’t want Lou,” Hendry said.

He also explained that, when he got on the plane to Tampa Bay two years ago, his gut told him that Lou was the right guy and that their relationship has developed well. Lou understands what the general manager’s job is about from his high-pressure days in New York in the late-80s, just as Jim knows when not to interfere with Lou.

“In my opinion, there’s no more important relationship than between the GM and manager,” Hendry said.

– Sean Ahmed

In so many words

Cubs team photographer Stephen Green was all over Yankee Stadium during the All-Star Game festivities and sends along these pictures:

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