The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

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Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year).

Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year. He is by no means a mortal lock when he comes to close out a game, but he has a good strikeout rate and is durable. Like a lot of the moves the O’s are making, this is a lower risk move. A guy with no super upside, but no super downside.

More interesting is the matter of who closes, assuming Gregg accepts the offer. The Orioles just re-signed Koji Uehara yesterday, and he did a pretty good job as the closer down the stretch. And Mike Gonzalez, though on the outs after his injury-filled and often ineffective year, is still owed a good deal of money for 2011.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.