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Brewers “suspend” extension talks with Zack Greinke

Apr 10, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

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Zack Greinke appears headed for free agency.

According to beat reporter Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers have “suspended” long-term contract negotiations with the 28-year-old right-hander and have no plans at this time to re-start the talks at a later date.

Greinke had quite an Opening Week, hiring agent Casey Close, watching fellow right-handed starter Matt Cain sign a five-year, $112.5 million extension with the Giants, and shutting out the Cardinals over seven innings in a spectacular regular-season debut.

Greinke posted a 3.83 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 28 outings last season, fanning 201 batters in 171 2/3 innings. If he pitches as well (or better) in 2012, he should really cash in this winter. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the end of this year’s World Series.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Sounds like someone, probably the agent, said something that management viewed as terribly offensive. Bet he said Cain is double A compared to Greinke.

    • koreanfandeath - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      He’ll get paid by the Dodgers, Yankees or Boston if Milwaukee doesn’t pony up. He and Cole Hammels will be the two big free agent pitchers this off season.

    • dan1111 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:40 AM

      More likely they just don’t agree on the price. By the way, here is the article the tweet was supposed to link to: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/146902895.html

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Must be pretty far apart somewhere already. They’ll talk more and hopefully something will get done. Brewers have some pretty good pitching coming up through the minors so re-signing Greinke, while preffered, is not something they need to overpay for.

  3. xavier46 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    While conventional wisdom says that the Cubs and Dodgers are going to have open wallets this offseason, and BOS/NYY obviously wouldn’t be far behind – don’t forget about Greinke’s past psychological issues. I don’t mean that negatively toward him, but he has previously stated that he had no desire to pitch under the microscope in NY or Boston (this was during his time with KC). He almost quit baseball in 2006 and was eventually placed on 60 day DL for his psychological issues.

    He will only have an interest in going to a major market if his issues are indeed behind him.

  4. bigharold - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    And the RS Nation begins to chant in unison to implore the RS FO to sign Greinke in three, .. two, .. one ….

  5. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Won’t be surprised to see him end up in San Diego or Seattle. Much less pressure than the big-market teams, two beautiful cities, and pitcher-friendly parks.

    • paperlions - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      I would be shocked to see him end up in either one.

      SD has ownership issues and won’t spend any money.

      Seattle is already super pitching rich with 2 or 3 very high ceiling prospects expected to make the big leagues over the next couple of years. With that much cheap pitching on the way, and relatively little offense…if they are going to spend, they need to do it on a bat or two.

  6. uyf1950 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    The Red Sox Nation is probably drooling over the prospect Greinke hitting FA and the opportunity of going after him. They might want to tell Lucchino to loosen the purse strings a bit though. He’s probably going to cost more then the $5MM/1 year commitment the Sox seem willing to make for free agents.

  7. stex52 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Sounds like the Brewers may have a case of the mid-market blues.

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