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Zack Greinke no longer without an agent, hires Casey Close

Apr 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Zack Greinke dropped his agent in December and said in February that there was “no reason” for him to hire a new one, but the Brewers right-hander has done just that by hiring Casey Close of Excel Sports Management.

Close previously worked for Creative Artists Agency, which is the representation that Greinke left in December.

Greinke is an impending free agent and the timing is especially interesting after Matt Cain signed a $112.5 million extension with the Giants earlier this week rather than potentially hit the open market alongside Greinke and Cole Hamels.

Greinke was coy with reporters when asked how the Cain deal could impact his situation and it’s possible his various quirks could limit the number of teams interested, but if healthy he seems destined for a contract in excess of $100 million. In other words, Close just snagged himself one helluva commission.

General manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he plans to speak with Close tomorrow, but it’s unclear if Greinke is interested in negotiating a deal at this point.

  1. brewcitybummer - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    He will probably follow the tv money. Not because he’s a bad guy or greedy or any of that crap. Its just the rational decision. I would like to be wrong on this and see him sign a five year deal though.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I was actually looking forward to Greinke using his high level of intellect and snarkiness to negotiate his own deal. Contracts are an ugly beast, though.

  3. pogodog7 - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Zack will be a free agent for the first time. He will need to focus on the 2012 season and let his agent do his job of sorting out the offers, etc. Good for him.

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