A number of contenders remain interested in Kevin Gregg, and the Chicago Cubs closer will most likely be traded before the deadline, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune.
Rogers lists a few teams that might trade for the veteran before the deadline, including the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox , Colorado Rockies and a "mystery team."
The reporter also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers as a long-shot to trade for Gregg, but the signing of Brian Wilson may have eliminated their interest in the Cubs' closer. Detroit still wants to add another reliever despite their trade for Jose Veras.
It makes sense for the Tigers to go after a left-handed reliever to compliment Drew Smyly, and are rumored to be kicking the tires on Javier Lopez. Boston has traded for Matt Thornton and signed Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon to minor-league contracts, so the Red Sox have other options in their bullpen if they don't like the price on Gregg.
Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti indicated to Pat McManamon of Fox Sports Ohio that the team would be looking for bullpen help before the trade deadline, but stated they would "look to improve" their ability to get left-handed hitters out. That doesn't rule out a Gregg trade, but they may be more focused on acquired a lefty.
Colorado has expressed interest in adding Gregg, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, as they teeter on the edge of buyer and seller. The Indians and Red Sox have expressed interest in Josh Outman; the Rockies may trade away the southpaw and but still trade for Gregg.
Chicago signed Gregg to a minor-league contract in April, and he pitched well enough to earn the closer role. Gregg has posted a 2.68 ERA, saving 22 games in 25 chances. The reliever can still miss bats, as Gregg has struck out 36 hitters in 40 1/3 innings, but he has also issued 20 walks.
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