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Zack Greinke, soon to be a free agent, is agent-free

Feb 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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You’d think that a guy who has been portrayed as not being able to handle a lot of distractions wouldn’t want to be in the business of handling his own business affairs as he enters his final season before free agency.  But more so than the social anxiety stuff, Zack Greinke has been defined by the fact that he just does his own thing.

That thing now: going without an agent. A season away from free agency.

Jerry Crasnick has his story over at today. It doesn’t sound like Greinke is going to pull a full-on Gary Sheffield and negotiate his own deal — Greinke says “we’ll see how long it lasts” — but he’s certainly doing things differently than most in his situation do.

To be honest, I’d think that the contract negotiation stuff would be less of a hassle than the day-to-day work of an agent, much of which Crasnick explains in his story. Side business deals. Endorsements if Greinke does any. Random licensing stuff.  Seems like it would be a pain.

  1. burnsy - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM


  2. randygnyc - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Common sense says he’s only interested in going out on the free agent market. If that’s the case, and he’s unwilling to negotiate with the brewers during the season, than he doesn’t need an agent until the fall.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I’d love to see him do this himself. I’m all about alternative ways of doing business. If he knows his price, and the market, I think it would be very interesting to see. He’s a very intelligent, witty guy.

  4. h2otown66 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I will never understand why athletes think they need an agent to take 15% just to negotiate a contract. Why not just hire a contract attorney?

    • jwbiii - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      At various times, Curt Schilling, Kenny Rogers, Gary Sheffield, Rocco Baldelli, and Gregg Zaun have done that.

      The going rate for a baseball agent is 3-5% above the minimum.

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