White Sox: Will Luke Gregerson be part of the bullpen solution?
Sep 19, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
With the Winter Meetings under way, here is the latest from Fox Sports MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal on the potential of the Chicago White Sox adding to their bullpen.
According to the tweet below from Rosenthal, he’s saying the Chicago White Sox like free agent reliever Luke Gregerson.
Let’s take a look at Gregerson and what he accomplished this past season with the Oakland Athletics.
In ’14, Gregerson, who is 30 years old, pitched in 72 games last season, finishing 5-5 in relief with a 2.12 ERA. He was the setup man for the A’s in ’14, and he did finish 17 games, including three saves.
Pitching 72.1 innings this past season, Gregerson walked just 15 batters and has a WHIP of 1.009. He also had 59 strikeouts.
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In ’14, Gregerson totaled 22 holds for the A’s (his only season with the club), tied for 16th best in the majors. Compare that to the White Sox, and only Zach Putnam had as many holds for the White Sox last season, also with 16. Next was Ronald Belisario with 12. Jake Petricka finished with 10 holds last season.
The Houston Chronicle wrote the following on Gregerson, as they believe he’d fit with the bullpen of the Houston Astros:
"“Part of the appeal should be dollars. Gregerson won’t require quite the same commitment as Robertson. The former is expected to get a three-year deal, whereas Robertson is expected to land four years, as Andrew Miller just did.”"
The article also said Gregerson is a “slider-heavy pitcher.”
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Again, this is all based on sources of Rosenthal, but this does give us all another player to think about with the winter meetings taking place.
Gregerson pitched from 2009-13 with the San Diego Padres, where he had 40 holds in ’10, and for his career (six seasons), he’s totaled 154 holds, 19 saves (32 blown saves) and a 2.75 ERA.