The news about Gregg came as a shock to his fellow pitchers.
“Oh man, [shoot],” said reliever
Gregg, 34, was viewed as a mentor by many of the club’s pitchers. On Sunday, after 24-year-old lefty
"Gregg said to me, 'Forget about it. You are on a really good roll right now. Don't even worry about that one.' That builds some confidence," Britton said. "You're like, 'You're right. Forget about this. Let's not dwell on it.' He was just one of those guys who you went to. So it sucks to see him go, but obviously we understand there is a business side and we can't control that."
Last year in New York, after Britton had the worst start of his big-league career, Gregg spent an hour huddled with him the next morning in the visitor's clubhouse, just talking baseball.
"He is definitely a guy I went to a lot with struggles, he had all that experience, that helped me. And he was easy to approach," Britton said. "I think he took it upon himself to really try to help us out, especially if you were going through a rough patch."
Gregg had his share of troubles in Baltimore. Signed to be the closer, Gregg converted just 22 of 29 save opportunities in 2011, and eventually lost the job to