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Dayton Moore: Zack Greinke wasn’t interested in contract extension

Dec 20, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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Just in case there was any doubt that Zack Greinke had run out of patience with losing, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told reporters yesterday that the club tried to engage him in talks for a long-term contract extension, but their efforts were rebuffed (via Matthew Leach and Dick Kaegel of MLB.com):

“We would love to be sitting here discussing a long-term contract with Zack Greinke,” Moore said. “You want to hold on to your best players forever. That’s a formula for winning championships, as well. But there has to be a willing partner to go forward with that. We actually went down that trail and discussed that trail with Zack long-term, and it was apparent that that wasn’t something that he wanted to do.”

Greinke actually signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the Royals in January of last year. It was a huge commitment on the part of the Royals at the time — remember, Greinke was a little over two years removed from missing most of the 2006 season due to an anxiety condition — but keep in mind that without that extension, he would have been a free agent this winter. Could you imagine what kind of salary he would have commanded in this environment?

  1. Paul White - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    FWIW…Moore actually said you need a “willing” partner agree to a long-term deal. Although I guess it would be nice if he was a winning partner too.

    • D.J. Short - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM

      Good catch. :shakes fist at MLB.com:

  2. Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Wow…DJ in the AM? What’s up wit dat?

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