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Cubs Land Kevin Gregg

He's not the ace they've been publicly angling for, but the Cubs added a pitcher on Thursday nonetheless, picking up the next piece in the latest Marlins firesale in the form of Kevin Gregg.

The trade was first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer.

The right-handed reliever spent most of 2008 closing for the Marlins, though he was anything but automatic. Gregg tied for the major league-lead in blown saves with nine (Rockies' back-ender Manny Corpas was the other man with nine BS), though he successfully saved 29 wins with a 3.41 ERA.

The Cubs sent minor league prospect Jose Ceda -- a Class AA pitcher in Tennessee in 2008 -- back to Florida in the trade.

Picking up Gregg seems like the strongest sign yet that Chicago may feel that incumbent closer Kerry Wood is finally on his way out the door via free agency. The Cubs current set-up man Carlos Marmol is still likely to be the closer if Wood isn't there in 2009, but Gregg could seamlessly slide into Marmol's current role to free him up for the final inning.

Then again, if the Cubs can re-sign Wood, Gregg would provide yet another quality power arm to use in late innings. Toggling between Marmol and Gregg seems like a nice buffer for a manager to have.

Of course, this brings up another interesting possibility: If Gregg was available, couldn't the Nationals have expanded their Bonifacio offering and added him to their bullpen in the Scott Olsen-Josh Willingham trade? Would the Nats rather have Gregg as a closer or set-up man or stick with the team's internal options instead?

By Cameron Smith  |  November 13, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  Cubs , Marlins , Nationals  
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Ceda is well regarded. What would be the Nats equivalent? Isn't he thought of as a better prospect than Shairon Martis?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | November 13, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

nats dont need a closer, joel hanrahan is money in the bank. i know you morons out there will say who, but his stuff is electric 96 97 fastball killer slider. give him 50 save opps, you will see 45-47 saves. the only question is how many opportunities he gets.

Posted by: formerlylove | November 14, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

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