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Zack Greinke: “I don’t really look forward to being traded”

Jul 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Milwaukee skipping Zack Greinke‘s turn in the rotation last week so he could “recharge his batteries” worked out pretty well, as Greinke returned last night with seven innings of one-run ball in what may be his final Brewers start.

Afterward he declined to discuss the specifics of any contract extension talks, although he did apologize to reporters for doing so and talked pretty openly about his feelings surrounding potentially pitching his last game in a Brewers uniform.

Here’s some of what he said, via Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

It’s kind of fun playing here and we’ve got a lot of good players. We’re just not pulling out wins at the moment, which is disappointing. … I really don’t want to think about a different team when I’m on this team. … Obviously something could happen, but I enjoy playing here. I don’t really look forward to being traded from this place, but it could happen. That’s just baseball. I won’t take it personal if it happens. They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do what’s best for the organzation.

Every indication is that the Brewers will trade Greinke by July 31 if they aren’t able to work out a long-term extension and at this point there’s no real indication that extension talks have progressed very far.

Greinke’s next scheduled start is Sunday against the Nationals at Miller Park and the trade deadline is about 48 hours later.

  1. fuddpucker - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Welcome to Atlanta, Zack

    • El Bravo - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I concur

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        I hope not.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        Please. Yes.

  2. suhisabeast90 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Go to the Braves!!!! It’s a great fit.

    • El Bravo - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      I concur (non-duplicate post wordpress!)

  3. skeleteeth - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I like Greinke and his lack-of-canned response to baited questions.

  4. Rich Stowe - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Greinke’s just scared he might end up in a big market instead of the small markets he’s more comfortable in

    • geoknows - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Totally and completely untrue. He has discussed this many times. Suggest you talk about things you know about and leave commenting on things you’re clueless on to others.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        If those are the rules you might as well close the internet! Without people talking about things they don’t really know anything about, who would be left?

      • cur68 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        I’d certainly have less to say. Mindless drivel now!

      • nightman13 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM


  5. thereisaparty - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Zack Greinke admits to dealing with anxiety, therefore everyone knows how he feels about every situation.

  6. fuddpucker - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It’s funny how the really good pitchers just happen to gravitate to one of the top ten teams.

    Zack grew up in KC, graduated to a one year contender in Milwaukee, and now gets his PhD in Atlanta. I guess nobody sees anything wrong with this picture, pun intended.

  7. treye2 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    You guys are jumping the gun here about Greinke going to Atlanta. Nothing but interest has been reported. Yeah the Braves are interested, along with about 8 other teams. You guys make it sound like it’s a done deal. Didn’t people get burned enough on the Dempster to Atlanta saga to know better? Apparently not.

    • fuddpucker - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Zack is the reason Dempster isn’t going to Atlanta.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        He is? Did the 31 other teams in the league get that memo?

      • thereisaparty - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        I must not be getting any memos anymore – totally missed the expansion to 32 teams.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Yeah that was my mistake. Got my MLB mixed up with NFL. Either way, you got what I was saying.

  8. treye2 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I think Dempster is the reason why Dempster isn’t in Atlanta.

  9. no1yanks28 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I dont think comments on a web blog are monitored by dempster or his agent. Pretty sure these forums are around so that we, as fans, can speculate on trades…chill man, its just chit chat, not the word of god

  10. hodaghunter - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I’ve have said it all along here, of the teams that are on the fence, the Brewers are the most likely to just stand pat with their current roster. If anyone is available on this team it’s K-Rod who just lost all of his trade value with the 4 run 9th inning blown save.
    I don’t expect any trade to take place. We have nothing to gain from it and any trade we make kills us for next season.

    Greinke will play out this contract in Milwaukee, flirt with a few other teams in free agency and then return to Milwaukee under a 6 year-118 million dollar deal.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Nothing to gain and kills us next season? How do you figure? Trade Greinke get a potential decent prospect who’s almost ready to contribute. And how does trading any of this team short of Braun kill them for next season? There’s not another player on this team that has must have ability.

      • uwsptke - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        I think Hodag has had too much Rhinelander Beer. They are not a team that’s “on the fence.” They are done, and the sooner they realize it the better to so they can start re-tooling the roster for the future.

    • nightman13 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Wherever Grienke goes will want an extension in place or they won’t give up anything really good to just have him for 2 months and then lose him. Losing Grienke for nothing will kill the team next year, not trading him if it becomes obvious he’s not going to stay.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Teams certainly will be willing to give up some decent players if they think Greinke is the last piece to them winning the World Series. And they wont lose Greinke for nothing. At the least they will get draft pick compensation. As for killing them next year, it just doesn’t. There’s certainly some spots to fill but so far Mike Fiers has shown he has some ability as has Tyler Thornburg. Losing Zack Greinke isn’t the end of the world for the Brewers. Obviously you never want to lose a guy of his ability but with his home/road splits he’s actually a fairly replaceable player.

      • nightman13 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        I should have been more specific. The Brewers will get more in return for Grienke if there is an extension in place. The Brewers never would have given up all they did for Grienke if he was in a rental position like CC Sabathia. So the Brewers could get a nice piece or two, or if he agrees to a deal they could get a minor haul.

        As far as the killing comment, I was just repeating hodag’s phrasing. Obviously I think the Brewers would be better off if they have Grienke next year, but by no means is his loss devastating. It is promising to see Estrada and Fiers pitching well (despite getting no help or having the BP blow their wins) and Yo is having a down year by his standards. I really think losing Grienke shouldn’t cost the Brewers more than 3-4 wins next year, which is well worth saving $22 mil per year. Especially if some of those lost wins could be made up by getting a SS and some bullpen help.

      • uwsptke - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        brewcrewfan – If you mean that the team acquiring Greinke would still get draft pick compensation, unfortunately you would be incorrect. The new CBA only allows draft pick compensation for losing free agents that have been on your roster for the entire season, which does diminish the value of 2 month rentals in comparison to past years.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Uwsp, i wasn’t talking at all about other teams Compensation. After reading it again it was a bit confusing but I was reffering to the least the Brewers will have to show for Greinke is a draft pick.

  11. - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    It’s kind of fun playing here and we’ve got a lot of good players. We’re just not pulling out wins at the moment, which is disappointing. … I really don’t want to think about a different team when I’m on this team. … Obviously something could happen, but I enjoy playing here. I don’t really look forward to being traded from this place,

    I don’t get this mentality. (Prevelant in southern rock songs, too) If you like being some where….then freaking stay there.

    • nightman13 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Right? Just say, “I like it here, but I like money more.”

  12. sincitybonobo - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    The Brewers would be committing malpractice if they didn’t trade Greinke. Melvin has the best arm available and could create a bidding war between the Angels, Rangers, and possibly Braves.

    Texas makes the most sense- and I thought so even before Lewis went down. Their system is stacked and- if I’m Nolan Ryan- I’m not losing three World Series in a row without doing everything I can to improve my team. I’ll risk watching a couple of blue-chip prospects blossom in the NL Central.

    I think the AL West is where the action is. Whatever team doesn’t get him, could face him in October. The emergence of the A’s should have only increased Texas’ sense of urgency.

  13. baltoacademyman1110 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Hey Zack,

    How about coming to Baltimore….Best stadium in the Majors, no more batting, weather is beautiful, the team is on the upswing(no pun intented) and its a medium to small market. No super large press core hounding you. Plus you get arguably the best competition in the AL East. Who wouldn’t want to kick the Yankees around alittle?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      He enjoys hitting.

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