Kevin Gregg seems the best bet to close next year in Baltimore. According to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi the veteran reliever signed a 2-yr, $10 million contract, pending a physical, which is expected to take place later this week. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2013. With incentives, the total value of the contract could swell to $16-20 million.
Baltimore will be team number four in four seasons for Gregg. He closed games for the Blue Jays last season, nailing down 37 saves in 63 games, with an ERA of 3.51. Before that it was a half season as Cubs closer (he lost the job to Carlos Marmol down the stretch) and two years doing the job for the Marlins. His peripherals are all above average, though he on occasion surrenders too many home runs.
The Baltimore job is seen as wide open, with Alfredo Simon in custody in the Dominican Republic in connection with the shooting death of an individual Simon says was a close friend. Former closer Mike Gonzalez as well as fill-ins Koji Uehara and Jim Johnson are all coming off injuries. Gregg solidifies the position somewhat and gives Baltimore a very solid bullpen if the other relievers recover their past form.
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