San Diego, Calif. – Former Saint Xavier University baseball standout Luke Gregerson (Park Ridge, Ill./Morton) was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Oakland A's when the deal was finalized late Tuesday. The reliever was part of a one-for-one deal that sent outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres. The Oakland A's have won the Major League Baseball (MLB) American League West Division title each of the last two seasons.
Gregerson has been one of the most reliable set-up men in professional baseball over the last few years, most recently posting a 2.71 earned run average (ERA) over 66 1/3 innings this past season with the Padres. The 29-year-old has 16 saves, a 2.88 ERA and 352 strikeouts against 107 walks in 363 relief appearances over his five-year MLB career (2009-13). In 2010, Gregerson set the MLB record for most holds in a season with 40.
In his career at Saint Xavier University, Gregerson had a stellar senior season as the team's closer during the 2006 campaign compiling nine saves and a 3-1 win-loss record with an impressive 0.68 ERA. In addition as the team's starting right fielder in 58 games that same year, he earned both Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) and NAIA Region VII Player of the Year honors. Gregerson hit .330 (72-for-218) and recorded a team-leading 49 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He also posted 15 doubles, five home runs and 46 runs scored.
Gregerson will be honored by the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department on February 1, 2014, as one of five inductees for the SXU Athletics Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in the same class as his former Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley.