Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have released right-hander Kevin Gregg, who was unable to win a spot in the bullpen this spring after signing a minor league contract in mid-February.
Gregg posted a 0.82 ERA and 0.27 WHIP in 11 Cactus League innings and will hope that those numbers earn him a shot with a new team.
The 34-year-old reliever had a 4.95 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 37/24 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings last season for the Orioles. He owns a 4.13 career ERA and a 1.38 career WHIP.
Update (5:55 PM ET): It’s official. The Mets have optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster. Bautista will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.