It seems that no one wants Kevin Gregg. As recently as Aug. 2011, he was the Orioles’ closer, but he quickly fell out of favor with manager Buck Showalter and spent 2012 as his last choice in the bullpen.
Gregg didn’t finish the season with the Orioles. He was abruptly released in September when the Orioles had to add outfielders to the 40-man roster in the wake of Nick Markakis’ thumb injury.
No one took a flyer on the 34-year-old right-hander with 144 career saves and his name hasn’t come up this off-season. Gregg would like to continue pitching, but at this point would probably have to accept a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
It’s not usual for a team to release a player in September. He wasn’t going to be on the postseason roster and he was not satisfied with his role.
He did win three of the Orioles’ extra-inning games last year, and Gregg has a much more impressive resume than many of the approximately 40 other right-handed relievers on the market.
Gregg will surface somewhere next spring. He’ll hope for a better ending to his career.