MIAMI — Reliever Kevin Gregg officially signed any small League contract with the Marlins on Tuesday, sealing his eventual resume a club he pitched for from 2007-08.
As a closer for the Marlins, Gregg accumulated 61 saves in Seventy four opportunities. The right-hander has 177 career saves.
Gregg will report to the particular Marlins complex in Jupiter, Fla., in order to throw some bullpen sessions along with face live competition ahead of he receives an assignment. Theres no timetable for his introduction in the big leagues, but it really could be as early as 10 days from now.
By signing a Minor Nfl deal, the Marlins do not have to produce an immediate 40-man roster spot for Gregg. Nevertheless the 35-year-old is not expected to be in the Minors very long.
With the Pups last season, Gregg saved 3 games in 38 possibilities and had a 3.48 ERA.
As weve seen, its not easy for young guys to [pitch at the end of innings], manager Mike Redmond mentioned. It definitely is an art and comes with the experience. To have Gregg, whos rescued a ton of games in the huge leagues and has done lots of different roles and has that experience, with any luck , will help us down the road.
Greggs signing designated the second move made by your Marlins front office since Lewis Capps was placed on the 15-day differently abled list with a right knee sprain last week. Dr. James Andrews will evaluate the reliever in Wednesday, and Tommy John surgery is a possibility.
Acquiring experience is important towards the Miami ballclub, as it has struggled to hand the ball over to closer Steve Cishek. With Gregg from the bullpen, Redmond would have another potential better add to the mix.
I think when you look at what hes designed in his career, hes undoubtedly that guy, Redmond claimed. Hes closed games, hes carried out a lot of different roles.