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Brewers GM not optimistic about signing Zack Greinke

Jul 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brewers general manager Doug Melvin admitted to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s not optimistic about signing impending free agent Zack Greinke to a long-term extension before the July 31 trade deadline, saying:

When players get this close [to free agency], there’s not many that will sign, at that level. He’s a difference-maker to a team that’s got a chance to go to the postseason. Unless you’re raising the bar, you usually go on the market.

There have been various reports that the Brewers will trade Greinke if they can’t sign him by July 31, although for now at least Melvin downplayed the level of interest being shown. Or at least the level of direct interest coming from fellow GMs:

There’s probably more rumors than anything. I think, respectfully, general managers don’t call when you’re eight games out, six games out of a wild card. They don’t call but their let their interest be known in a different way. Their scouts will talk to our scouts and say, “We’re interested in somebody.”

In other words, expect the Greinke rumors to continue swirling for the next three weeks.

  1. darthicarus - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I’m actually kind of bummed for Brewers fans. Greinke is a great pitcher & he seems to like pitching for Milwaukee (especially at home). It will be interesting to see where he ends up but I for one would approve of him getting something done & staying put for a few more years.

    • tonyc920 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      We are too, but that’s what happens in Small Market USA. Greinke talks like he wants to stay but bottomline with most of these guys is SHOW ME THE MONEY and that’s all that matters.
      The agent is the #1 problem. He wants the big payday.
      Miller Park is one of the most affordable stadiums to watch a MLB game and I prefer it stay that way. We will be a mediocre team and maybe have a magical season here and there, but I’ll always be a Brewers Fan and enjoy it. I hardly miss a game.

  2. whitdog23 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    of course he wants traded. only shot at playoffs this season. he doesn’t have to re-sign with new team

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Nothing new here.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Praying for the Duke to make this deal happen. Baltimore is not a big market team, but still one with post season aspirations this year (so far/barely/knock on wood).

  5. charlutes - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Someone tell this guy that being 8 games out of a wildcard spot isn’t good.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The Milwaukee Brewers will lose this lifelong 37 year old fan if they lose Greinke… Im sick of sucking year in and year out.
    You taste taste the postseason 2 of 5 years and now they are headed to irrelevance once again.
    may as well trade Braun while your at it!!!

    • tonyc920 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      It’s quite obvious you’re not a Brewers fan anyway ! What makes me sick is BANDWAGON fans like you PAL !!!

      This team can’t afford $23 million pitchers and that’s what it will take to sign Zack. $160 mil for 7 years is what they want. Make the trade and we get 1 maybe 2 top prospects. We need to develop younger talent to fill in 3 and 4 years down the road. The Brewers will never be a perenial contender unless our owner wants to fork out $125 mil in payroll per year. They’re at $90 mil this year.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        MF’er im a life long diehard… I have been a season ticket holder since 1995. Try again.

      • shaggytoodle - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        You know if the Brewers trade for a superstar, its going to be really tough for them to get them to stick around. The only way the Brewers are able to do that is gamble, like they did with Braun, sign him to a long contract while heading into his prime and hope he can stay healthy for the length of it.

        Besides its just not the Brewers that have that problem, every sport, every team, has people that you like a player a lot and winds up going to another team. I would love it for him to stick around, but the Brewers still need to do whats best for the team.

      • gforce21 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        musky, you may have season tix but you don’t know jack about baseball let alone what goes on w/ the Brewers. Would be really smart for the Brewers to max out on greinke so we aren’t able to sign anyone else. Would have been the same situation with fielder. Sell your tix and go south w/ Sveum, we don’t want you.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        Musky, You don’t seem to understand the economics of small market baseball.

    • shaggytoodle - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      For a life long fan, you should be more understanding of thier situation then. They offer players what they can if it doesn’t work so be it, but for a guy that had to sit through, watching them get a player and trade them ever 2-4 years 15 years or so ago,I thought you would hvae a better grasp of how this small market team needs to work.

      • muskyhunter2542 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        I do understand better then most!!! Im just sick of becomming a fan of a player (Greinke, Molitor,and Fielder) and watch them go to other teams.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Musky, you don’t understand more than most.

  7. shaggytoodle - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    The Brewers went all in last year, and it winds up hurting a little bit this year, but resigning Grienke would be great if the crew can pull it off, he may come with a high price tag, but who knows, maybe he can sign a deal similar to that Angels pitcher (Weaver?) a few seasons ago where he did get some 90 mil or whatever it was (I don’t see much AL ball).Instead of Cain $.

  8. kwf1224 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I hope that Zack Greinke stays with the Brewers.

  9. stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Carp out for the season. McClellan out for the season. Jaime (likely) out for the season.
    Sign the Man Mozeliak!

  10. onbucky96 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    M.A. not afraid to spend$ but those tools in SF didn’t raise the bar on Cain, they nuked it. End of story. Hope he turns into Judge Zito. Or worse, TIMMY! Giants fan, you still wanna let Timmy smoke?

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