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Gregg will go back to old mechanics

Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg has allowed eight earned runs over his last two outings – a 1 1/3 innings stretch – but said Tuesday he isn’t worried and is just going to scrap the mechanical adjustments he had  been working on with pitching coach Mark Connor.

“Obviously they are not turning into good results on the field,” said Gregg, who allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits -including a grand slam — and a walk to the Astros.

 Gregg, who was trying to learn forward more when releasing the ball, struggled to stay out of the middle of the plate and exited after recording just one out.

“Tinker with one thing and it messes up another thing,” he said. “I know I threw the ball well early, but it was something they thought I should try to change and improve. I tried to make that adjustment a little bit but it is throwing off some other mechanics in the midst of it. So [Connor] said we’ll take a step back go back to where we were and see how that works.”

Gregg agrees to two-year deal

The Orioles added to the backend of their bullpen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal for right-hander Kevin Gregg.

The deal is still pending a physical and was confirmed to MLB.com by a Major League source. Foxsports.com first reported on Twitter that Gregg had decided on Baltimore, who had put an offer out around last month’s Winter Meetings. The exact terms of the agreement are undisclosed although early reports have speculated that it’s in the $10 million range. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2013.
 
The 32-year-old Gregg saved 37 games in 43 chances for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 3.51 ERA in 63 outings. His agent, Dan Horowits said last month that Gregg had several interested teams and the chance to close games was very important to his client. With the Orioles resigning Koji Uehara at the Winter Meetings, manager Buck Showalter will have to decide how he wants to use the pair in the ninth inning.

Gregg has saved 121 games over the past four seasons for the Marlins, Cubs and Blue Jays and will join a back end of the bullpen that includes Jim Johnson, Michael Gonzalez and Uehara.  Former Blue Jay Jeremy Accardo and right-hander Jason Berken are also projected to be part of the O’s 2011 ‘pen.

With Gregg agreeing to terms, the Orioles would still like to add another lefty to go along with Gonzalez in the ‘pen and a veteran starter to help eat innings and take the pressure off the relievers. Toronto will obtain a draft pick for losing Gregg, a “Type B” free agent, but the Orioles will not lose one.

Thoughts on Simon, Lee, LaRoche relievers

First, a happy and healthy New Year to all of you. Sorry for the slacking on blog entries here, but I’ve been trying to finish up my move to Baltimore. Usually, the holidays provide an ideal time for a beat reporter because it’s slower news-wise. But that hasn’t been the case for the O’s, as they reached a verbal agreement with Derrek Lee and have some serious issues coming out of the Dominican Republic.

*Yesterday saw some terribly tragic news with potential ramifications far beyond the baseball realm for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon. Simon is the main suspect in a murder, although he has said he is innocent.

I’ve talked and exchanged texts with several of the Orioles players and team officials, and it’s certainly news that has shaken -and shocked – the organization. Simon was a pretty quiet guy in the clubhouse, but was well-liked and lauded for his efforts in the bullpen when Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson and Michael Gonzalez were hurt.  Although details are still emerging, I’d expect some sort of team statement today on the matter. News like this really puts baseball in perspective, doesn’t it?

*As for agreeing to terms with Lee, who will likely get his physical on Wednesday, I like the move. It’s a one-year deal with incentives that reportedly can get up to $10 million and the feeling is Lee and Mark Reynolds -who are both known to be tough, gritty players – will help add some pop to the lineup and some intensity to the O’s clubhouse. Both Reynolds and Lee played though injuries last season and -in addition to shoring up the corner infield defense – they are both outstanding guys to have around in terms of work ethic and, in manager Buck Showalter-speak, “want to”.

Signing Lee also makes Luke Scott the O’s regular DH, although a scenario where Lee and Scott switch once or twice a week wouldn’t surprise me.  

*I’ve gotten a lot of questions on what happened with Adam LaRoche negotiations, and the feeling in the front office was that, in the end, LaRoche didn’t want to come to Baltimore.

The O’s were very interested in LaRoche, but MASN.com’s report about a three-year deal being on the table was simply not true. Multiple sources -and several other media outlets in addition to MLB.com — confirmed there was never a three-year offer formally extended to LaRoche.

I had one source close to negotiations tell me that the Orioles were even hesitant to give LaRoche a two-year deal over a one-year offer to Lee. That should make those of you who were outraged at the idea of locking up LaRoche long term feel much, much better.

This is all (finally) over and –pending a physical — the Orioles have a legitimate first baseman in three-time Gold Glover winner Lee.

*Now what? The Orioles would still like another bat off the bench, a veteran starter and another catcher before heading to Spring Training, which is literally around the corner.

But the bullpen–especially with Simon in limbo–remains a top priority. The O’s have an offer out to right-hander Kevin Gregg and they would like to add a right-hander and a lefty to the current ‘pen. Losing Simon would give them another right-handed hole to fill. It could also make Grant Balfour a more enticing choice. The Orioles are interested, but as of Monday had not put a formal offer out to Balfour, who is a Type-A free agent and would cost the O’s their second-round Draft pick.

*Finally, I’m working on an Orioles inbox for Tuesday, so send any and all Orioles questions to brittany.ghiroli@mlb.com and include your name and hometown. Or send me a question on Twitter.  Thanks!

Gregg still weighing options

*ESPN Boston reported last night that Kevin Gregg was closing in on an agreement with the Orioles, a statement which Gregg’s agent, Dan Horwits, refuted on Wednesday evening.

“Nothing is done,” Horwits said. “We are still involved with numerous teams.”

The Orioles have offers out to several relievers and Gregg is one of them. Horwits confirmed that his client has interest and that Baltimore remains in the mix. 

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