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Report: Brewers willing to go near $100 million to re-sign Zack Greinke

Jul 13, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

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The ever familiar “person familiar with their thinking” told Jon Heyman of that the Brewers are willing to go “close to $100 million over five years” to re-sign Zack Greinke, but that they’re not optimistic about getting an extension done.

Part of the reason the Brewers are pessimistic is simply that Greinke is only three months away from being able to field bids from everyone.

“I can’t get into what the offers are,” GM Doug Melvin told Heyman, “but players at that level who get this close to free agency do tend to test the market.”

Matt Cain, in the same situation as Greinke, got what amounted to being a five-year, $112.5 million extension from the Giants in April ($21 million per year for five years, plus a $7.5 million buyout of a $21 million option in 2018).

Greinke doesn’t necessarily deserve as much as Cain, but as long as he finishes the season healthy, it’s hard to imagine he won’t get it. There’s going to be plenty of teams wanting pitching and only two elite arms available in Cole Hamels and Greinke.

Perhaps Greinke is in a bit different of a situation than Hamels, in that his personality and aversion to the spotlight could cause both he to shy away from the large markets and for the New York and Los Angeles teams to shy away from him. Milwaukee seems the perfect situation for him, particularly given that he’s 15-0 in his home starts since joining the Brewers.

Still, if the Milwaukee’s offer comes up $20 million-$30 million short, it’s going to be tough to stay. The Brewers need him more than he needs them.

  1. jayquintana - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    If I were NY or Boston, I’d be very hesitant to sign this guy. He doesn’t seem like he’d be a good fit for either city.

  2. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    They won’t be signing him. Greinke has said himself he’s not a fab of the major markets and big cities. Even when he was with KC i believe it was mentioned as part of his no trade clause. Anxiety issues I believe? Even IF the Yanks or BoSox were interested it would be a loaner for end of the season and he’d be likely to hit FA and go elsewhere.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Actually earlier this year he said he would play for the Yankees. The Yankees also said that because of his issues they weren’t interested.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    I don’t want him anywhere near the Yankees. He’s fragile.

  4. hodaghunter - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Com’n Brewers don’t low-ball the guy again. I don’t want to see Greinke leaving the Brewers over a couple million dollars here or there like CC did a few years back

    • advantageschneider - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      A couple of million dollar? What are you talking about? The yankee’s offer was $60M more than the brewers. It wasn’t even close.

      • hodaghunter - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        With all due respect you have your facts in error. The Yankees and the deal that CC eventually signed was a 7 year contract worth up to 161 million with an opt out clause after 2011 which allowed CC to sign up for even more money. (CC would eventually receive a one year extension on the deal worth an additional 25 million dollars with a 5 million dollar buyout clause for the Yankees).
        The Brewers at the reportedly offered a 6 year deal worth 125 million dollars. The issue at the end of the day was tied to the “opt-out” clause and not the money.

        6 years at 125 is a cool 20 million per year
        8 years and 186 is 23 million a year

        Looks like a couple million dollars a year difference.

    • ray1950 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:02 AM

      $100 million is a “low-ball” offer? What world are you living in?

  5. pisano - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    He better grad the Brewers by the throat if they offered him 100 mil, they must be out of their minds.

  6. pisano - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    * grab the Brewers

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