Marlins, Angels Swap Relievers

The Marlins continued to re-work their bullpen for 2007, acquiring a veteran arm from the Angels after acquiring two hard-throwing relievers from the Mets.

With this trade, they shipped young righthander Chris Resop to the Angels for four-year veteran Kevin Gregg.

Gregg, 27, has been a league-average pitcher for parts of four seasons in the American League. He throws strikes and generally keeps the ball down. He lives off a low 90s sinker and solid slider, a combination that leaves him susceptible to giving up hits but usually keeps the ball in the ballpark. In 2006, he gave up a career-high 10 home runs in just 78 innings. He’s shown excellent durability and is able to start in a pinch or throw two-to-three innings per outing. Last season he was 3-4, 4.14 with 71 strikeouts and 21 walks in 78 innings.

Resop, 24, had slipped a bit in the Marlins’ estimation. He rode the proverbial Albuquerque-to-Miami shuttle most of the season. He had a 3.38 ERA in 21 big league innings last season, but beneath the surface, he actually struggled–allowing 16 walks and 26 hits compared to only 10 strikeouts. A converted outfielder, he has arm strength and throws hard but has shown big league hitters a bit too much respect, nibbling with a 92-95 mph fastball and solid curveball. He needs to throw more strikes with the fastball and use his curve more.