Cubs avoid arbitration with Gregg

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Kevin Gregg, agreeing to terms with the reliever on a 2009 contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Gregg, who was acquired from Florida earlier this offseason for minor league pitcher Jose Ceda, made 72 appearances for the Marlins last season, posting a 7-8 record with 29 saves in 38 chances and a 3.41 earned run average. The 30- year-old held opposing batters to a .203 average.

Over the last two seasons, while pitching exclusively from the bullpen, Gregg has stranded 32 of his 36 inherited runners. Last season, he stranded 15 of 16 inherited runners.

In six MLB seasons with the Angels and Marlins, Gregg owns an 18-21 record in 271 games (eight starts) with 62 saves and a 4.00 ERA.

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