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A New Rumored Reliever Target for the Cubs: Luke Gregerson

Chicago Cubs Rumors

As we noted earlier, the Chicago Cubs have two primary directives remaining in the offseason: get a fourth outfielder, and get a veteran reliever.


To the latter directive, a new name has surfaced. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are taking a look at San Diego Padres reliever Luke Gregerson. Gregerson, 25, was very good in his rookie year with the Padres, putting up a 3.24 ERA in 75 innings, while striking out 93 and walking just 31. You could understand why the Cubs would be interested, despite Gregerson not being, you know, a veteran.

But that said, why would the Padres trade him? He’s on a renewable (read: uber cheap) contract for the next two years, and then he’ll hit arbitration for three years. The Padres, a team with a limited budget, should want a guy like Gregerson even more than the Cubs. That means to acquire him, the Cubs would have to give up some serious talent.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.