kevin gregg cubsI just don’t think I can write about Kevin Gregg anymore without immediately first thinking about just how implausible this all is. And how much of a credit that implausibility is to the front office.

ESPN’s Buster Olney just reported that the Chicago Cubs are receiving “multiple hits” on the aforementioned closer, whom Olney calls a “classic sell-high” piece. That is indeed what Gregg has evolved into, as he’s remade himself into a precise control/heavy-sinker/few-mistakes type of reliever. The numbers are great, but the performance to the eye has been just as good.

A robust market for Gregg can only help the Cubs’ efforts to shop him before the Trade Deadline, even if the value in trade isn’t going to knock your socks off. (I dug into it recently, and the kind of return the Cubs could see for Gregg might surprise you, though.)

“Multiple hits” on Gregg is also great news for the Cubs – assuming they want to shop him, which, like, duh – because it increases the possibility that they could find a team that wants multiple pieces from the Cubs, thus improving and consolidating the trade return. Gregg, alone, might get you a prospect or two worth knowing (but not loving). Gregg and Scott Feldman? Gregg and David DeJesus? Gregg and Matt Garza? Those are the kinds of deals that could really generate a serious return.

Apropos, perhaps, that, on the day the Cubs DFA Carlos Marmol because his trade value has vanished, the man who replaced him as closer – who happens to be the man Marmol, himself, replaced a few years back – is receiving “multiple hits” on the trade market because his value is surprisingly high.

  • Thad

    With the Red Sox closer situation in some disarray, I wonder if they are one of teams interested in Gregg.

    • Rebuilding

      They need a SP too and could even use another outfielder. I would imagine they value Cecchini and Ranaudo too highly to move in any deal, but I would ask

  • When the Music’s Over

    I have a hard time understanding what serious return for a Feldman/Gregg or Gregg/DeJesus combo means. Are we talking about a top 100 prospect as the centerpiece? A top 150 prospect? Hard to imagine a good chunk of educated (at least in terms of minor leagues) Cubs fans would be pleased giving up Alcantara + more for either of those combinations, and he’s borderline top 100.

    I just don’t have a good grasp on what a serious return is for either of those combinations.

    • X the Cubs fan

      We aren’t contending so of course everyone will say no they wouldn’t take it and I don’t think we would get a top 100 prospect for Feldman and Gregg will get a top 100 prospect but it would bring a legitimate prospect.

    • Rebuilding

      I guess it depends on the situation. San Diego has Jason Marquis pitching tonight and Clayton Richard in the rotation. If that were our situation and we were contending I would send Alcantara and an arm to them for Garza

  • Thad

    If the Padres are serious about Garza, what kind of return could the Cubs get if they packaged Gregg with him? Huston Street has had a couple of bad outings in non-save situations recently.

    • Crockett

      Well, Gregorson has been really good for them too, but it’s an intriguing question. I think the Cubs have to find a way to get Hedges from SD in a Garza deal. Could turn into a larger deal for sure though.

  • Die hard

    What if ARod for Sori if Yankees pay cost of contract over what Cubs owe Sori and hold Cubs harmless if ARod suspended? What’s the risk reward? Cubs get decent 3B to keep spot warm for Bryant and no addtl cost or risk and Yanks are rid of ARod?

    • deej34

      Sorry but I think we can file this one in the never ever ever category….

      • MichiganGoat

        Just another Die Hardian thought to start the day.

    • Jp3

      Didn’t we just get rid of an injury proned dumbass tweeting 3rd baseman yesterday?

      • Die hard

        No imagination… Cubs open up outfield now instead of 2 yrs from now and if ARod not suspended he solidified IF

        • DarthHater

          Then convert A-Rod into a starting pitcher and watch him win 15-games per year…

  • cavemencubbie

    If the Cubs FO listens to the witless wonders found in the stands, or on these blog sites, we won’t be seeing a World Series for another 100 years. We don’t need declining old, drug using ball players, even for a short time.