Roster Shake-Up Won't Help Chicago Cubs

By Stephanie Lynn
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs’ roster looks very different after having Monday off. Before the start of their series against the Texas Rangers, the Cubs designated for assignment infielder Brent Lillibridge and reliever Hisanori Takahashi, reactivated second baseman Darwin Barney and added newly acquired pitcher Kevin Gregg to the 25-man roster.

Fans should be relieved about these changes. Lillibridge is gone after going just 1-24 this season and Barney, a fan favorite who was awarded the 2012 Gold Glove Award this past weekend, is back to help the Cubs defensively.

However, not everyone is chattering excitedly about Gregg’s return to the Cubs’ bullpen. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 34-year-old pitcher was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of Spring Training, after just 11 appearances with an ERA of .084

Gregg was the Cubs’ closer during the 2009 season where he competed with Carlos Marmol for the role of the closing pitcher. Gregg became notorious for blowing saves for his team, so the role was then given to Marmol. Obviously, that worked out well.

Sure, it’s great that Takahashi is gone since he was arguably just as bad as Marmol, but is Gregg any better? Absolutely not! The only thing the Cubs gained from acquiring Gregg is another pitcher in the bullpen to blow a game.

Unfortunately, the recent changes made to the Cubs’ roster are more likely to do good than bad. It’s great that they got rid of Lillibridge and Takahashi along with the return of Barney, but nothing good will come out of Gregg returning to the Cubs’ bullpen.

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