UPDATE: 9/21/13, 8:48 a.m. CT — According to Bruce Miles, Cubs’ beat writer for the Daily Herald, the organization has accepted Kevin Gregg’s apology following yesterday’s incidents, and will not release him.
Gregg and manager Dale Sveum had a misunderstanding concerning the reliever’s role moving forward in the season’s final two weeks, prompting Gregg to make highly critical remarks about the organization to the media yesterday.
Cubs president of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein indicated yesterday that he would consider the possibility of releasing the 35-year old Gregg after meeting with the reliever in Sveum’s office.
Carrie Muskat, MLB.com beat writer for the Cubs, indicated on Twitter that Epstein had talked to Gregg on Saturday morning, telling the right-hander he would not be released.
Following today’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, Cubs’ closer Kevin Gregg voiced his displeasure over the team’s decision to utilize Pedro Strop as the closer in order to evaluate the potential fit for the young fireballing right-hander.
Following his comments to the media, which essentially were along the lines of “a little professional courtesy would have been nice”, when he was under the assumption Strop was replacing him as closer, Gregg was called into manager Dale Sveum’s office, where Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and Sveum met with Gregg concerning the matter.
Epstein was furious over the comments, telling members of the media that spoke to the veteran right-hander and voiced his displeasure over the matter.
The Cubs’ top front office man went on to say that he would “sleep on” the decision of whether or not to release Gregg for his actions.
The right-hander is 2-4 with 32 saves for Chicago this season, and notched a $500,000 bonus after today’s game due to performance incentives reached in his contract. The 35-year old Gregg has experienced a resurgence with Chicago, where he spent the 2009 season, notching a 2.90 ERA in 59 appearances.