Blue Jays turning to Kevin Gregg at closer?

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Last week Ozzie Guillen ranted about the White Sox striking out too much after a dozen whiffs in a game, so he probably lost some sleep Tuesday night after they struck out 14 times against the Blue Jays.
Ricky Romero actually took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before grazing leadoff man A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch and then serving up a homer to Alex Rios, settling for a career-high 12 strikeouts over eight innings of one-hit ball.
Kevin Gregg closed out the win with two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save. Gregg’s first two saves came because Jason Frasor was getting days off after heavy workloads, but Frasor was available Tuesday and still didn’t get the call. My guess all winter was that Gregg would wind up as Toronto’s closer and while he didn’t open the season in the role a shift away from Frasor seems to be taking place.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Frasor trade rumors from the offseason start up again soon.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.