By Michael Beller
July 09, 2013
Francisco Liriano and the rest of the Pirates' pitchers boast a 3.16 ERA, but it's unlikely they can hold it.
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• However, a Gregg trade would open up a ninth-inning vacancy for the Cubs, and it's looking more and more like Blake Parker would get the first shot at the job. The 28-year-old has been with the organization since 2007, and finally cracked the majors last year, though just for seven appearances. In 13 games covering 14.2 innings this season, he has 16 strikeouts and five walks. Pedro Strop could be in the mix, too, but the Cubs likely want to see if Parker can contribute as they continue to work their way back to relevance. He's my bet to take over in the event of a Gregg trade.

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