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Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

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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Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:16 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:14 am
 

No extension for Hamels just yet



By Matt Snyder


The Phillies are focusing only on a one-year deal with left-handed starter Cole Hamels.

“We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said during a TV appearance Tuesday night (Philly.com). “Right now, we’re focused on a one-year deal.”

Proefrock reportedly reiterated they were only focusing on avoiding arbitration with Hamels and nothing further.

On the surface, that doesn't sound like a huge deal. Hamels is eligible for arbitration, so he's not going anywhere this year. He'll pitch for the Phillies all of the 2012 season. But he will hit free agency once the season is concluded, and that could certainly be important.

Consider that C.J. Wilson signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract in free agency this winter. Mark Buehrle signed a four-year, $58 million contract of his own. Wilson is a 31-year-old lefty. Buehrle is a 32-year-old lefty. Hamels will be 29 next winter and he's better than both Wilson and Buehrle. Six years and nine figures sounds pretty reasonable for Hamels in comparison.

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Also, Wilson and Buehrle signed in a winter where the following teams were not willing or able to spend big money on pitching: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, Mets and a few others. And those two still landed big offers. Look ahead to next winter and the landscape is entirely different. The Yankees have about $50 million coming off the books before next season, and the Red Sox about $30 million. The Cubs right now only have just over $33 million committed to the 2013 payroll and could blow anyone out of the water, should they choose. And what if the Dodgers and/or Mets ownership situations are finally resolved? That's a lot of teams with a lot of money that could either drive the price through the roof or steal Hamels altogether.

Simply, the Phillies will face some deadly serious competition in trying to re-sign Hamels next winter. In fact, that could very well be the reason they haven't been able to come to terms with Hamels on an extension to this point. You know Hamels' agents are looking at that list of teams and licking their chops about the possible bidding war.

One factor that might help the Phillies in retaining Hamels -- in addition to the fact that up to this point he's continually said he wants to stay in Philly -- is that the starting pitching class next free agency period is very crowded. The following hurlers could be free agents, barring extensions or options being picked up: Scott Baker, Matt Cain, Fausto Carmona, Jorge De La Rosa, Ryan Dempster, Gavin Floyd, Zack Greinke, Tim Hudson, Colby Lewis, Shaun Marcum, Brandon McCarthy, Anibal Sanchez, Ervin Santana, James Shields and several more.

Then again, is there anyone on that list you'd rather have than Hamels? Not for me.

So while this little tidbit of the Phillies only focusing on one year doesn't seem huge right now, it could very well be enormous come the 2012 Winter Meetings.

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