Sep 19, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Kevin Gregg (left) and catcher J.C. Boscan (right) celebrate after beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING: Cubs will not release Kevin Gregg


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.

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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.

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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.

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  • roger lawson

    Let’s face it. Not one player or staff member has anything to brag about this year. Kevin Gregg included. Said he misunderstood what Sveum was saying. I can actually believe that. Lets face it. Literacy is not one of Sveums strong points. Watch his post game interviews. He gets asked a simple question and with the answer he gives, you still don’t know what heck he said. I don’t condone what Gregg said. But, I can understand where he came from with it.

  • roger erickson

    Its time for the fans to get “ticked”. We have put up with new cUBS ownership and their approach to the point that some 60 players have paraded through our roster this year…no other major league team in history can boast such a feat.. of course us cUB fans are different than any other! Yes,the players are allowing their frustrations show
    through….but it should be “WE” the fans that should show frustration at cUBS ownership trying to lull us to sleep with their cost savings approach to a major league team roster. A cUBS fan since 1947, when I saw my first game at the Wrigley Field dump site..I can understand the players frustration, look what some of them have to try and WIN with!!!!!. Although with the 60 players we have seen this year, some of them should be glad they are getting our viewing money. A soon to be a dead-hard cUBS fan.

  • Retnan

    They shouldn’t have threatened to cut him.

  • Tony Smallest

    It will be 2 to 3 years before the Cubs resemble anything slightly better than a top Triple A team. In July of 2014 the top brass will again begin dumping players for other teams’ minor leaguers.