As the Colorado Rockies continue to tread water in the eminently winnable NL West, they’ve set their sights on trying to improve at the margins. That is to say, they probably aren’t looking to make a major move, but would like to improve their bullpen.
Enter Kevin Gregg, a pitcher in whom the Rockies have had interest, according to Troy Renck. The Rockies stand 6.5 games behind the Dodgers in the West, alone in third place. Improving the bullpen would undoubtedly help, but I’m not sure they believe that a Gregg rental will be the difference between a playoff run and a middling finish. They are, after all, five games under .500. Then again, the Rockies have reportedly had interest in Gregg dating back to early July, so maybe there’s something here.
Either way, it’s a reminder that, as the relief market thinned out considerably yesterday, Gregg’s name is likely to pop up. He’s not likely to be considered as a closer for a playoff contender, but he offers a quality veteran arm with closing experience. Slot him into the later innings, and have him at the ready if your closer breaks down. That has value, even if it isn’t quite as much as what the Astros got yesterday for Jose Veras, for example.
As an impending free agent, and as a closer on a team that probably doesn’t need a closer, Gregg is expected to be dealt by tomorrow’s Trade Deadline. He’s got a 2.68 ERA on the year and is striking out 8 per 9, but he’s walking 4.5 per 9 and has had a couple really rough outings over the last few weeks.