The Atlanta Braves, as previously noted, could use another veteran arm in their bullpen. Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are among several teams who are likely to try to trade with the Chicago Cubs for Kevin Gregg.
Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden have held down the fort with the big leagues' best bullpen ERA so far, but gearing up for the stretch run will likely require the presence of an additional experienced reliever with the absence of Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters due to Tommy John surgery.
The 35-year-old Gregg has unexpectedly been very productive for the Cubs with a 1.42 ERA over 25 1/3 innings. Gregg put up a 4.95 ERA in 42 2/3 innings last season with the Baltimore Orioles, leading to him not signing a Major League deal over the offseason, instead settling for a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers then couldn't find room for Gregg and released him, leading to the Cubs giving him a minor league deal. They then called him up in mid-April.
Gregg has also spent time with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Toronto Blue Jays and, most interestingly, the Florida Marlins, where he saved 61 games over two years while playing under Fredi Gonzalez.
The Braves and Cubs made a trade deadline deal last season that brought Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta in exchange for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
The Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers also figure to be interested in Gregg, mlbtraderumors.com reports.
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