Report: Marlins sign reliever Kevin Gregg, could join team end of next week
The Miami Marlins signed journeyman reliever Kevin Gregg on Monday, according to tweets from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The team plans to send Gregg to the minors for a workout and then bring him back up in eight or nine days, according to Rosenthal. The move comes after Miami sent their 39th overall pick in Thursday's amateur draft to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right handed pitcher Bryan Morris.
As Rosenthal indicated, trading away the $1.4 million draft pick allowed Miami to clear up enough money to sign another reliever.
The 35-year-old has been on four MLB rosters since making his big league debut with the Angels in 2003. He played for the Marlins in 2007-08 and also spent part of his career with the Cubs, Blue Jays and Orioles. Last season with the Cubs, he had a 3.48 ERA, 33 saves and a 56/32 K/BB ratio over 62 innings.
The Marlins are off to a surprising start this season. They are currently 28-28 and are second behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Sources: #Marlins agree with free-agent RHP Kevin Gregg, pending physical. Will start in minors, then join team after 8 or 9 days.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 2, 2014
Part of #Marlins’ idea in giving up 39th pick for #Pirates’ Bryan Morris was to clear money for another reliever. Draft slot worth $1.4M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 2, 2014