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With free agency one year away Zack Greinke has left his agent for … no one

Dec 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Jerry Crasnick of reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent.

Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as a client.

He’s currently on a four-year, $38 million extension signed with the Royals in January of 2009 and as a rare under-30 star free agent the former Cy Young winner could be in line for a deal in excess of $100 million next winter.

At no point did the Brewers seem legitimately in the mix to re-sign Prince Fielder, so it’ll be interesting to see if they make a stronger effort to retain Greinke long term. He went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 172 innings for Milwaukee after coming over with Yuniesky Betancourt in a blockbuster trade for Jake Odorizzi, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Jeremy Jeffress.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Try to choose an agent that doesn’t allure you with prostitutes, Zach.

    • Lukehart80 - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      You’re not the boss of Zack Greinke!

      • - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        No. This lady is:

      • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

        That was no lady, that was his wife!

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    More importantly, he went 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in the postseason.

    • JBerardi - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      I would think that a Phillies fan of all people would understand that a handful of playoff starts don’t really mean much. Unless you think the Cardinals have a better rotation…

  3. rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    I’m totally stereotyping here, but this seems like such a Zach Greinke move.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      That is such a rambodiaz thing to post.

      • rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        Beautifully done. You get a thumbs up from me.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        And yet everyone hates my Max Power joke in the Ryan Braun threads.

    • cur68 - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Ha! Rambo being Rambo…hey if the Pirates want to get out of the cellar sometime soon ‘ole Zach might be their boy. ‘Course you’ll have to put up with Greinke being Greinke. What’s Mrs. Diaz’s stance on Zack?

      • rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        LOL. I could see the lovely and fetching Mrs. Diaz falling quickly for Zack, though he’s currently off her radar. Thank goodness too. Agent or not, I think he might just sweep her away.

        (Oh, and the day the Bucs lay out the money for Greinke is the day I’m dancing in the streets. I’d welcome talent like that on the Bucs’ staff with open arms.)

  4. - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    This is the guy who said he wanted to quit baseball to start his own lawn care business. We call him Planet Zack because he’s often on a different planet.

    Not sure of the nuances of the player/agent relationship. But if all the other players are doing it…expect Zack to do something else.

  5. jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    There are a few players (Jamie Moyer is one of them) who negotiate their own contracts and pay an attorney to go over the details. It’s more cost efficient to pay an attorney for a few hours than to pay an agent 5% over the minimum if you don’t need the additional services that an agent can provide.

    Taxes, for example, are a real pain for a ballplayer. They can owe taxes in two countries and up to 15 states and one province, but hiring a tax accountant on your own is still going to be more cost efficient.

    If a ballplayer were to feel the need for some of the special services that Icon Sports Group/Dan Lozano allegedly provide, I’m sure he could do that more cost effectively as well.

    • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Where were you when/before Albert agreed to the Angels contract? he obviously didn’t know this.

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        Maybe Pujols thinks it’s worth his while not to have have to deal with an attorney, a tax accountant, an investment advisor, a PR firm/spokesperson, an agency to get him ads and speaking gigs, a middleman between him and the club, a. . . uh. . .pimp (he is an Icon/Lozano client), and whatever other services an agent and his agency provide (Bail bonds? Boras is connected with a training facility for off-season workouts, at least one other agency (I forget which. Maybe Jet/B.B. Abbott?) is as well.). And that it’s worth about $1.2M/year (yikes!) to him to have one contact person for this.

    • rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      I just realized how darkly hilarious the last paragraph of your post is. Nicely done.

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        Sports Management Partners/Dave Stewart might not be the way to go if that’s your interest.

        Or maybe it might.

  6. cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Perhaps I am the only one, but does anyone else think a n ERA of 3.83 and a record of 16-6 is worth 100 MIL? maybe I am too old, and feel that one must earn his living.

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