The Reds announced on Twitter that the club has signed reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the right-hander will get a $1.5 million base salary and can earn more money based on games appeared in and games finished. Gregg had showcased for about half the league last month.
Gregg, 36, was only able to throw nine innings in the major leagues with the Marlins last season, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits with a 6/5 K/BB ratio. He underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in August. Gregg, however, was productive out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2013, so there’s a chance he still has something left in the tank.
The Reds also bolstered their bullpen by signing Burke Badenhop to a one-year deal on Saturday.
Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have a deal on a contract extension with Jacob deGrom. We have no details yet, but it’s pending a physical. He is reportedly in New York right now for his physical.
deGrom, the 2018 Cy Young Award winner has made no secret of his desire for a contract extension. He, likewise, has said he would not discuss the matter with the Mets after the start of the season on Thursday. This, then, is getting the job done, just under the wire.
deGrom is coming off of a season in which he posted a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts and 46 walks across 217 innings. It’s the lowest ERA by a qualified starter since Zack Greinke‘s 1.66 in 2015. Prior to Greinke, no pitcher had posted an ERA of 1.70 or lower since Greg Maddux in 1994-95 (1.56, 1.63).
deGrom was slated to earn $17 million this season and will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2020 season. He will turn 31 years old in June.
More details, obviously, once we have them.