Agent: O's one of few teams still in mix with Gregg
Danny Horwits, the agent for free-agent reliever Kevin Gregg, said today that his client has narrowed down his focus in recent days, though the Orioles remain very much in the mix.
"It’s fair to say that we’re still in discussions with a few teams and Baltimore is one of them," Horwits said. "There are a few teams involved. Over the last couple of days. a couple of new teams have gotten involved and Kevin has informed a couple of other teams that he has narrowed his focus down to others and he’s moving on. It has changed over last week to 10 days, but there are a few teams still involved."
Horwits said the reliever, who saved 37 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last year, is hoping to make a decision sooner rather than later.
"Kevin would like be done before the holidays. It might take two days; it might take seven days. But quicker is certainly on the agenda," Horwits said.
Asked whether Gregg could make his decision today, Horwits said: "Could be. Could be today, could be four, five days out. There’s no real timeframe. In the Orioles’ case, you have to talk to [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail] as far as their desire to get a resolution. But I think both sides are on the same page."
Horwits declined to characterize which team is the front-runner for Gregg's services, but he did say the opportunity to close is very important to him.
"He has opportunities to both be a setup man and a closer," Horwits said. "The last four years, he’s averaged 30-plus saves. As he says, closing is in his blood and that’s what he likes to do. I would say having that opportunity is very important."
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