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? Former starter Ryan Tucker, who rejoined the Marlins on Tuesday, was used as a late-inning reliever at Double A Carolina the past six weeks but said ''they want me to keep an open mind'' about doing either role. . . . Kevin Gregg -- who's unlikely to return in 2009 but wants his closer job back despite knee pain -- said, ''If you stick me in as a set-up guy, you're devaluing my trade value. I've been in many conversations with Fredi Gonzalez and there's a lot of indecision going on.'' Gregg has 29 saves and nine blown saves.

 

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Kevin Gregg's hunch: I'm gone

 

By Juan C. Rodriguez | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 17, 2008

 

MIAMI GARDENS - If his abrupt removal in the ninth inning of Sunday's game didn't make it clear enough, subsequent conversations did.

 

Kevin Gregg has been told the team plans to play out the string with Matt Lindstrom as its closer. The arbitration-eligible Gregg is concluding his two-year tenure with the Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now! is drawing to an end.

 

"They basically indicated to me they're going to give Lindstrom a tryout and see if he can handle it, see if they can use him next year instead of having to spend some money on me," Gregg said. "They told me, 'Show you're healthy and we'll get you back into closing.' I guess with where we're at in the standings they're changing their tune."

 

After blowing his second straight save and third in six tries on Aug. 29, Gregg sat out 10 days with left knee tendinitis. He returned to the mound Sept. 9 and appeared in three consecutive games last weekend against the Nationals.

 

Sunday, Gregg replaced Joe Nelson (cramp) with two outs and a two-run lead. He gave up an RBI double to Lastings Milledge and was immediately pulled for lefty Arthur Rhodes, who struck out pinch hitter Elijah Dukes to end the game.

 

The Marlins have since confirmed what Gregg suspected.

 

"It's been a process to get to the truth ? but they've decided for now they want to see what they have for next year," Gregg said. "It's pretty much the writing on the wall. You never know. This game is weird that way, but it seems pretty clear to me [i'm gone]."

 

Gregg took over closer duties in mid-May last season after the Jorge Julio debacle and Henry Owens' injury. He is one save shy of joining Robb Nen as the only Marlins with multiple 30-save seasons. With 61 saves, Gregg is one of 10 major league closers with at least that many since the start of 2007.

 

Arbitration-eligible for the second straight season, Gregg is due a considerable raise from the $2.5 million he earned this season.

 

"Finances play everything into their decisions around here," Gregg said. "I have no problem playing somewhere else. It's not like this is the only team I've ever played for. It's a business. They try to save every dollar they can and we try to earn every dollar we're worth. ? Next year I'll have a job. I'm not worried about that. It's just a matter of where it will be."

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Here's more, from today's Sun-Sentinel:

 

Kevin Gregg's hunch: I'm gone

 

By Juan C. Rodriguez | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 17, 2008

 

MIAMI GARDENS - If his abrupt removal in the ninth inning of Sunday's game didn't make it clear enough, subsequent conversations did.

 

Kevin Gregg has been told the team plans to play out the string with Matt Lindstrom as its closer. The arbitration-eligible Gregg is concluding his two-year tenure with the Marlins Get your Marlins Tickets now! is drawing to an end.

 

"They basically indicated to me they're going to give Lindstrom a tryout and see if he can handle it, see if they can use him next year instead of having to spend some money on me," Gregg said. "They told me, 'Show you're healthy and we'll get you back into closing.' I guess with where we're at in the standings they're changing their tune."

 

After blowing his second straight save and third in six tries on Aug. 29, Gregg sat out 10 days with left knee tendinitis. He returned to the mound Sept. 9 and appeared in three consecutive games last weekend against the Nationals.

 

Sunday, Gregg replaced Joe Nelson (cramp) with two outs and a two-run lead. He gave up an RBI double to Lastings Milledge and was immediately pulled for lefty Arthur Rhodes, who struck out pinch hitter Elijah Dukes to end the game.

 

The Marlins have since confirmed what Gregg suspected.

 

"It's been a process to get to the truth ? but they've decided for now they want to see what they have for next year," Gregg said. "It's pretty much the writing on the wall. You never know. This game is weird that way, but it seems pretty clear to me [i'm gone]."

 

Gregg took over closer duties in mid-May last season after the Jorge Julio debacle and Henry Owens' injury. He is one save shy of joining Robb Nen as the only Marlins with multiple 30-save seasons. With 61 saves, Gregg is one of 10 major league closers with at least that many since the start of 2007.

 

Arbitration-eligible for the second straight season, Gregg is due a considerable raise from the $2.5 million he earned this season.

 

"Finances play everything into their decisions around here," Gregg said. "I have no problem playing somewhere else. It's not like this is the only team I've ever played for. It's a business. They try to save every dollar they can and we try to earn every dollar we're worth. ? Next year I'll have a job. I'm not worried about that. It's just a matter of where it will be."

 

 

 

at least we know he'll try to pitch even better in his setup role so he can increase his trade value, but he is still a piece of crap on the floor. he is now on my sh*t list

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Well, it's kind of understandable. He's just trying to get his. Is he being a dick about it? Most likely. But since he now knows for sure that his Marlin days are done, he's just trying to do the best for himself.

Can't blame him for trying to do his best and get his, however, you can't blame the Marlins either for scratching him from the closer role after he has been terribly inconsistent this last month.

 

Perhaps Gregg was pitching for selfish reasons, trying to make as much money as possible (once again I can't blame him)? The Marlins on the other hand are trying to do what's best for the players and their psyche. Fighting hard all game only to have someone blow it at the end is tough on a team mentally. Right now they are on a roll because the starting pitching is doing well, the position players are hitting and playing pretty solid defense, and the relievers are saving the games. Rab I can see both sides and it seems like Gregg can too.

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Well, it's kind of understandable. He's just trying to get his. Is he being a dick about it? Most likely. But since he now knows for sure that his Marlin days are done, he's just trying to do the best for himself.

Can't blame him for trying to do his best and get his, however, you can't blame the Marlins either for scratching him from the closer role after he has been terribly inconsistent this last month.

 

Perhaps Gregg was pitching for selfish reasons, trying to make as much money as possible (once again I can't blame him)? The Marlins on the other hand are trying to do what's best for the players and their psyche. Fighting hard all game only to have someone blow it at the end is tough on a team mentally. Right now they are on a roll because the starting pitching is doing well, the position players are hitting and playing pretty solid defense, and the relievers are saving the games. Rab I can see both sides and it seems like Gregg can too.

 

A little thing that may or may not have been overlooked (haven't read all the posts here) why would he even mention "trade value" if he wasn't concerned with what's coming back to us when we trade him, despite primarily being concerned with "getting his" first

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