Gregg prepared for trade deadline

July, 29, 2013
7/29/13
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- With the trading deadline less than 48 hours away, veteran players like the Chicago Cubs' Kevin Gregg understand that a change of address may be coming soon. Gregg, who has been a lynchpin to the restructured Chicago bullpen, has been in this position before.

“This is not my first go-round of the trading deadline,” Gregg said. “Rumors swirl and front offices run all kinds of things. We as players can’t get involved in that. We have to worry about our jobs on the field and go from there.”


On Monday there were 15 scouts watching the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Gregg understands the nuances of the trading deadline mentality, having played on six different teams, including the Cubs on two separate occasions.

“Getting traded is part of the game,” Gregg said. “You can’t feel bad about being traded because the team that gets you wanted you more. You are excited to go to the new team where you are wanted and be a part of that.”

Gregg has been a breath of fresh air in a bullpen that has retained just two of the original seven relievers from the opening day roster. The 35-year-old pitcher has made good on 22 of 25 save opportunities. He was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of spring training (April 3) and signed by the Cubs on April 15.

“I have no idea if I am going somewhere else,” he said. “You are going to see a lot of movement over the next few days. I will wait and see what happens. If I happen to see (team president) Theo (Epstein) I will ask him what is going on.”

Gregg has enjoyed his second tour of duty with the Cubs so much that he would consider signing back in 2014 even if he is traded.

“I would definitely consider coming back,” Gregg said. “We will see where we are at the end of the year. I am sure we will have a conversation with Theo after the year. If I do get dealt, I like it here and really enjoyed my time here in Chicago. I like the organization and the coaching staff. If you’re happy where you are at, it is a good place to stay.”

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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