Cubs Get Kevin Gregg

The Miami fire sale continues, as the Marlins dealt closer Kevin Gregg to the Cubs in return for young righthander Jose Ceda.

Nice deal for both sides. The Cubs get a decent setup man for Carlos Marmol, who is penciled in to close. If they re-sign Kerry Wood, then Lou Piniella has an extra arm to bridge the gap to the ninth.

Meantime, the Fish get a young, hard-throwing relief prospect in Ceda — who prior to the 2008 season was ranked ahead of Jeff Samardzija. Ceda is a large man with big league stuff but with some weight issues and difficulty repeating his motion — compare him to a young Daniel Cabrera. He put up some impressive numbers in AA last year and will pitch out of Florida’s bullpen in 2009.

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