current status: On roster
#44 P | 6'3", 200 lbs. | Oakland
Birth Date:May 14, 1984 (30 years old) Place of Birth:Park Ridge, IL Hometown:Park Ridge, IL
Drafted:Drafted by St. Louis in 2006 (28th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with San Diego in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by St. Louis in 2006 (28th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with San Diego in 2013.
|Assets:||Has an ideal pitchers' frame (6-3, 200 pounds) and a very live arm. Can strike batters out but is also usually around the plate. Sinks the ball rather effectively.|
|Flaws:||When he's not going well, he is surrendering too many bases on balls--which usually leads to trouble for him. Also, he's most effective in the eighth inning.|
|Career Potential:||Solid late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Florida State League (A)||All-Star Team||2007|
Movements & Injuries
|1/17/2014||Re-signed by the Oakland Athletics to a one-year contract.|
|12/03/2013||Acquired from the San Diego Padres.|
|1/28/2013||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|1/17/2012||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|7/05/2011||Missed 22 games (oblique).|
|6/09/2011||Oblique, 15-day DL.|
|2/27/2011||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|3/03/2010||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|7/06/2009||Missed 25 games (right shoulder injury).|
|6/16/2009||Right shoulder injury, early September.|
|4/05/2009||Contract purchased from Portland (AAA).|
|12/04/2008||Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals.|
|12/03/2013||San Diego Padres traded Luke Gregerson to the Oakland Athletics for Seth Smith.|
|3/23/2009||On December 4, 2008: San Diego Padres traded Khalil Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals for Mark Worrell and a player to be named (Luke Gregerson - March 23, 2009).|
|6/06/2006||Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th Round in 2006.|
Gregerson blows save; closer gig finished? | 04/23/2014 1:20 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson allowed two runs on three hits to blow his third save in Tuesday's 5-4 setback against the Rangers.
ImpactIt could have been worse. Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland blasted a double to lead off the ninth. Skipper Ron Washington had Robinson Chirinos lay down a bunt to get Moreland to third, and he called a risky suicide squeeze with Leonys Martin up. Martin's bunt came right back to Gregerson, who made a nifty shuffle to Derek Norris to nail Moreland, who may or may not have missed a sign. With two outs, Gregerson hung a pitch that Josh Wilson hammered for a game-tying double, and then Michael Choice singled him in. Gregerson is 3-for-6 in save conversions, and has punted two of his last three, so you have to wonder if Jim Johnson will enter the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity.
Gregerson picks up third save against Astros | 04/20/2014 8:06 PM
NewsLuke Gregerson earned his third save of the season in Sunday's win over the Astros.
ImpactGregerson threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one, for the save. He's got a 1.69 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 10 2/3 innings and although A's manager Bob Melvin has committed to a closer-by-committee, Gregerson has the kind of stuff to be an effective closer. For now, though, he simply remains a player to watch until the situation in Oakland becomes clearer.
Gregerson blows save; 9th inning duties over? | 04/17/2014 2:43 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson blew his second save of the season by coughing up a ninth inning run Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.
ImpactNursing a 4-3 lead, Gregerson was brought on to finish things out against the top of Los Angeles' lineup. He didn't have trouble with J.B. Shuck, but consecutive singles put Mike Trout on third and Albert Pujols on first. Howie Kendrick's fielder's choice tied the game before Gregerson was able to escape. Gregerson and Sean Doolittle, the committee appointed to replace Jim Johnson, have both blown saves in the past few days, and Johnson is pitching well again, so one wonders if Bob Melvin is going to get the $10 million man back into the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity. It isn't like Gregerson has been bad or anything. He owns a 1.86 ERA and 0.83 WHIP and hadn't given up a run since April 2 prior to this evening.
Gregerson tosses perfect 9th, earns 2nd save | 04/15/2014 1:21 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson earned the save for a second consecutive day by hurling a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Angels.
ImpactJim Johnson tossed a scoreless eighth inning when Oakland trailed 2-1, and Gregerson was given the save chance after John Jaso cranked a two-run homer off Ernest Frieri in the top of the ninth. That turn of events also gave Johnson his first 2014 victory (against two losses). Gregerson and the southpaw Sean Doolittle will continue to swap save chances until Bob Melvin regains confidence in Jim Johnson, who is up to three straight scoreless innings.
Luke Gregerson gets two outs for save | 04/13/2014 12:57 AM
NewsAfter Sean Doolittle did the heavy-lifting, Luke Gregerson retired two of the four Mariners he faced to earn a save on Saturday.
ImpactDoolittle pitched a perfect eighth and then retired Kyle Seager to start the ninth. However, after the Mariners decided to pinch-hit Willie Bloomquist for Logan Morrison, the A's countered with Gregerson. He went on to allow back-to-back singles but then struck out Michael Saunders and induced a groundout from John Buck to end it. It's pretty much a free-for-all for saves in the Oakland pen right now, but after Jim Johnson's impressive showing Friday, he might get another try in the ninth within a week or two.
Gregerson hit hard against the Dodgers | 03/10/2014 7:24 PM
NewsLuke Gregerson allowed four runs in a third of an inning during Monday's 8-8 tie with the Dodgers.
ImpactGregerson didn't have his best stuff, allowing the four runs on four hits and two walks. Regardless, Gregerson will pitch plenty of seventh and eighth innings bridging the gap to closer Jim Johnson.
Luke Gregerson, A's avoid arbitration | 01/17/2014 12:55 PM
NewsAthletics avoided arbitration with RHP Luke Gregerson by agreeing to a one-year, $5.065 million contract.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactIt was the final time that Gregerson was arbitration-eligible. The A's setup man boasts a 2.88 career ERA in 363 major league relief appearances.
A's acquire Luke Gregerson from San Diego | 12/03/2013 4:43 PM
NewsAthletics acquired RHP Luke Gregerson from the Padres for OF Seth Smith.
ImpactIt's been an active couple days for A's general manager Billy Beane. Gregerson has a cool 2.88 career ERA in 363 major league relief appearances and should do well as a setup man for new Oakland closer Jim Johnson.
Luke Gregerson notches fourth save | 09/17/2013 11:10 PM
NewsWith Huston Street unavailable, Luke Gregerson notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
ImpactGregerson issued a two-out walk to Neil Walker, but he got a third groundout of the inning to end it. The righty now holds a 2.83 ERA and 58/17 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 frames this season. With Street due back Wednesday, Gregerson will slide back into a setup role.
Padres hang onto Gregerson through deadline | 07/31/2013 4:55 PM
NewsThe Padres decided to hang onto Luke Gregerson despite ample interest during Wednesday's deadline.
ImpactThe 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season. He'll remain San Diego property next in 2014 but can hit free agency heading into 2015.
Gammons: Padres not trading RP Gregerson | 07/31/2013 3:10 PM
NewsThe Padres will not trade Luke Gregerson, according to Peter Gammons.
Peter Gammons on Twitter
ImpactSan Diego didn't need Gregerson to acquire Ian Kennedy, so they'll hold onto him. The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings. He remains under team control through 2014.
Pirates, Red Sox interested in Luke Gregerson | 07/31/2013 11:49 AM
NewsNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Pirates and Red Sox are among the teams interested in Padres' reliever Luke Gregerson.
Nick Cafardo on Twitter
ImpactESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier today that the Padres are more likely to move Joe Thatcher than Gregerson, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying. The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this season. He remains under team control through 2014.
Padres unlikely to deal Gregerson, Thatcher | 07/30/2013 6:39 PM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Padres would "have to be inspired by an offer" to trade either Luke Gregerson or Joe Thatcher.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactIt could just be posturing, as both relievers have seemed very available up to this point. Both Gregerson (who's making $3.2 million this season) and Thatcher (who's making $1.35 million this season) will be arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Gregerson earns fifth win, strikes out two | 07/30/2013 2:10 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning and earned the victory Monday against the Reds.
ImpactFor owners speculating on saves, Gregerson isn't a bad two-day gamble if he's available on your league's waiver wire. If San Diego ships closer Huston Street out of town prior to Wednesday night, Gregerson would be in line to take over the ninth inning. Of course, Gregerson himself is on the trading block and San Diego has received plenty of interest. The 29-year-old right hander has a 2.91 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 47 appearances and is arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason.
Teams expect Luke Gregerson to be traded | 07/28/2013 6:07 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that teams involved in the market for relievers expect Luke Gregerson to be traded.
ImpactThe Padres have been "getting a lot of hits" on Gregerson and he's considered a strong candidate to be dealt prior to Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. The 29-year-old right hander has a 2.98 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 46 appearances and is arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason. The Tigers are believed to have interest in Gregerson, while the Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves and Diamondbacks are expected to be looking for relief help.
Luke Gregerson drawing plenty of interest | 07/26/2013 12:51 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres are "getting a lot of hits" on Luke Gregerson.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactHeyman adds that the Pads are getting more calls on Gregerson than they are on Huston Street. That's no surprise given that Gregerson has performed better in recent seasons, is cheaper and isn't injury-prone. The Tigers are one team known to have interest in the San Diego setup man.
Tigers interested in Luke Gregerson | 07/24/2013 12:02 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are "showing continued interest" in Luke Gregerson.
Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter
ImpactWith the way Joaquin Benoit has pitched, it seems likely that the Tigers would be looking at Gregerson as a potential setup man. The Padres reliever is having another terrific year, posting a 2.85 ERA and 36/8 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season.
Luke Gregerson takes blown save and loss | 06/19/2013 7:07 PM
NewsLuke Gregerson gave up hits to all four Giants he faced and took a blown save and a loss on Wednesday.
ImpactGregerson has already pushed back into a setup role with Huston Street back, but he's still struggling. He's given up six runs and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances.
Luke Gregerson lifted from save chance | 06/12/2013 6:48 PM
NewsLuke Gregerson was pulled out of a save opportunity Wednesday after giving up two singles and a run against the Braves.
ImpactThe Padres had a couple of potential double play balls that they couldn't turn behind Gregerson, settling for one out on each, and with the two outs and a man on, they decided to go get lefty Tom Layne to face Jason Heyward. Another singled followed, but Nick Vincent took over from there and struck out Justin Upton to end the game. It seems the Padres are looking at a closer-by-committee until Huston Street returns. Gregerson might still be the top option in the ninth, but Dale Thayer is also a possibility for saves.
Luke Gregerson records one-out save | 06/12/2013 1:00 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson got a one-out save Tuesday, striking out the only Brave he faced in the ninth.
ImpactGregerson didn't get to start the ninth tonight after his ugly blown save Sunday, but he did improve to 3-for-4 in save chances since Huston Street went down. Even after allowing three runs on Sunday, his ERA stands at 1.76.
Luke Gregerson records first save | 06/02/2013 1:25 AM
NewsLuke Gregerson picked up a save despite giving up a run and three hits in the ninth Saturday against the Jays.
ImpactGregerson made the Padres nervous in his first save chance with Huston Street on the DL, but he was able to get Emilio Bonifacio to line out and Jose Bautista to ground out to strand the tying run on second and end the game. He's expected to keep getting save chances while Street is out.
Padres, Gregerson avoid arbitration at $3.2M | 01/28/2013 4:49 PM
NewsPadres and RHP Luke Gregerson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.
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ImpactGregerson requested a salary of $3.75 million and was offered $2.875 million from the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. It only took 10 days for the two sides to find a middle ground.
Gregerson files for $3.75M in arbitration | 01/18/2013 7:41 PM
NewsLuke Gregerson requested $3.75 million and was offered $2.875 million from the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactGregerson is arbitration-eligible for the second time after he earned $1.55 million last season while posting a 2.39 ERA and 72/21 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings. Look for the two sides to settle somewhere in the neighborhood of the $3.31 million midpoint.
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|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||2.0||3 times-last: at Bal||last: Jun 6||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||3 times-last: at Bal||last: Jun 6||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||78.1||2010 (SD)|
|Hits Allowed||62||2009 (SD)|
|Runs Allowed||30||2010 (SD)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||28||2010 (SD)|
|Home Runs Allowed||8||2010 (SD)|
|Earned Run Average||2.39*||2012 (SD)|