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    The Blue Jays have declined options on right-hander Kevin Gregg, making him a free agent, according to a team press release. Toronto held options of $4.5MM for 2011 or $8.75MM across the next two years. The reliever will instead receive a buyout of $750K.

    In his first year north of the border, Gregg turned in a 3.51 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9. MLBTR learned last week that the 32-year-old will be a Type B free agent. Jordan Bastian of tweets that the Blue Jays will likely offer him arbitration in order to land a compensatory draft pick if he declines and goes elsewhere.
    I was convinced that the Jays would pick up one of the 2 options. Downs and Frasor are probably leaving (though Frasor might accept arbitration) and we could use another veteran presence down there. He had a better year than I think most people would've ever predicted (despite all the walks and scary 9th innings). And with Downs and Frasor potentially leaving, after Gregg, we have nobody with "closer" experience (though I personally don't think that matters much...but still).

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    I would rather have the compensatory picks than any of Downs, Gregg or Frasor. But you're right, the Jays will need some help in the pen. I read on MLB Trade Rumors that the Padres are willing to deal Heath Bell and Adrian Gonzalez. I'd like the Jays to look into that.
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