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Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:48 pm
Zack Greinke

By C. Trent Rosecrans

At this point of the season, there's little reason to worry much about free agency -- there's a lot more things to happen before it's an issue. But during the long six weeks of real nothingness that is spring training, most of the free agents-to-be will be asked about their impending status.

Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is today's subject. In Brewers camp, the 28-year-old was asked about his plans after this season. While, as is customary in this dance, Greinke said he was interested in re-signing with Milwaukee, he also acknowledged the possibility of listening to offers.

Greinke is currently without an agent, but said he'd hire a new one after the season -- thus insinuating he's not going to sign with the Brewers before testing the free-agent waters.

"I think it would be kind of neat. There could be positives to it, and there could end up being negatives. It’s not like everyone who gets to free agency, it ends up working perfectly for them, and everything comes true that they want," Greinke told Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Sometimes it ends up backfiring on you and you would have been better off signing with your team. A lot of times, when you get all 30 teams fighting for you, you should be in a pretty good situation. It has happened where it doesn’t work out for people."

That kind of statement sows the seeds in the mind of the Brewers' brass that he could re-sign with the Brewers before he's eligible for free agency. He noted that owner Mark Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin are expected to meet this weekend to talk about an extension with Greinke.

Said Melvin (again, via the Journal Sentinel): "Mark and I have to talk first," said Melvin. "We won't let (having no agent) stop us if we decide to talk to him. There's no timetable to do it. We haven't set any timetable. We definitely have to have a conversation (with Greinke) before the season starts. I'd like to be able to do that."

That said, he should be, along with Cole Hamels and Matt Cain, the prize of the free-agent market this coming winter. No matter what is said now, there's a lot more money available after the season than before it. The Brewers will certainly make an offer, but that doesn't guarantee much, if anything.

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Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:24 pm

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

Come back to KC Zack!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:23 am

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

Sorry, I didn't think so last year and I still don't, Greinke is NOT the start pitcher he's made out to be.  He's pitched for 8 years, two teams, and is 76-73 lifetime with an ERA of almost 4.00.  NOTHING FABULOUS.  He's had two good years, 16-8 and 16-6 with decent ERA's, he's a good pitcher but nothing I'd call an ace for a staff.  Cain should get some attention but he's 69-73 lifetime but has a respectable ERA at 3.35, Hamels will garner the most attention with a 74-54 record and 3.39 ERA.  I believe they'll alll go the free agency way but I can easily see all three staying with their respective clubs.  Hamels should easily stay in Philly, they are a consistant WS threat team, he'd be a fool to leave for money, but look at what Albert did.  Money talks.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:47 am

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

Hopefully they all hit free agency and decrease the demand for an elite pitcher. I can't stand the thought of a pitcher making $800,000 per start. Hamels is projected to make around this number, while Grienke already earns nearly $500,000 per game pitched.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 7:55 am

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

I have always like Greinke and thought that the Brewers got one of the best pitchers in baseball.  Plus he was still well under the age of 30.

The only thing I would say to Greinke is that one of the reasons he wanted out of Kansas City was because of ownership unwillingness to reinvest in the team.  Could the ownership of the Brewers be the same.  Unwilling to sign the big free agent or make that needed trade because of the cost?  

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Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:37 am

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

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Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:39 am

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

the brewers should add a claus to greinke's contract that requires him to keep his big fat mouth shut. zack talked all that trash about the cardinals last season then promptly got BUSHWACKED when it was time to put up or shut up! my sources tell me that greinke was so emotionaly scarred by the cardinals bats that he wants outa milwaukee, outa the cardinals divison, and even outa the NL so he never has to face the cardinals ever again!

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