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Brewers GM admits Zack Greinke will definitely be traded

Jul 26, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has dropped some very strong hints that he’ll be trading Zack Greinke before Tuesday’s deadline, but now he’s left zero doubt.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today spoke to Melvin today and reports that he “will definitely be traded.”

Melvin said previously that the Brewers would deal Greinke if they couldn’t work out a long-term contract extension before the July 31 deadline and admitted to Nightengale that they haven’t negotiated since spring training because Greinke wants to test the market as a free agent:

I don’t think Zack is about the money personally. You get a young guy that’s [28], and in my conversations with him, you get a chance to be a free agent one time. You’ve got to look at that opportunity. He’s been in a small market here. A small market in Kansas City. He’s always said he enjoyed in, but he wants to take a look at everything out there.

There’s always been speculation that Greinke wouldn’t have interest in playing for a big-market team because of his social anxiety issues, but it’s not as if the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers will be the only teams willing to offer him a ton of money as a free agent.

Melvin described Greinke as “like a son to me” and praised his presence in the Brewers’ clubhouse, saying “it’s been a great experience having him for a year and a half.” And during that year-and-a-half Greinke is 25-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 323 strikeouts in 295 innings.

Nightengale lists the Rangers, Angels, Braves, and White Sox as the primary suitors for Greinke, but as Melvin said: “There are a lot of teams that have shown interest. … There are so many good things about him, it’s going to be difficult when we trade him.”

  1. hasbeen5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Does one of those teams need a backup catcher too? Do they become part of the same package?

    • lewp - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Surprisngly, the Rangers do. Mike Napoli is a free agent after this year, and I don’t get a sense that the Rangers are wanting to resign him, especially in view of the way Napoli’s batting average has fallen.

      • hasbeen5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        This scares me. I’d love to see the Braves seriously go after Greinke, because I don’t think they make the playoffs with Jurjiens out there every fifth day. I also think beyond this year he’d be good since Hudson has had health issues and who knows how long Sheets will pitch like he is. They’ll have money free with jones retiring and Lowe’s contract off the books.

        But they have David Ross, who runs circles around Kottaras. So if a team wants both and will give them more in return, doesn’t look good for the Braves.

  2. shaggytoodle - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    It is going to stink to see him playing for someone else, but the Brewers need to do whats best for them, and geting someting in return now, that will have more valu than the picks they would get if they hold on to him for the whole year. Especially since all the changes that have been made to how that works in the last CBA.

    They aren’t going to win this year, and watching the Brewers bull pen sweep themselves in Philly was just extra heart breaking. A couple of young players with good futures, will hopefully get some people excited, because the last week has just been awful for Brewer fans.

    • jrd8523 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      One way it works is that you no longer get “picks”, just a pick. The pick from the signing team is removed from the draft instead of going to the team losing the player.

      • shaggytoodle - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        I think the team also gets a pick (only if he is with the team the whole season), but as you said, not the pick from the team. I think they get one after the 1st round, but is given out randomly so if six players worthy of picks are signed those team lose the 1st rounder, and then its random of the team they left they could be anywhere 1-6, after 1st round

        Thats if I understood it correctly, which stuff like this isn’t to hard for me to confuse.

  3. bougin89 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    It’s hurts to lose Greinke but hopefully we get a few good pieces for him.

    SS and pitching please.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Greinke’s been a stud pitcher since he came up with KC, now with the Brew Crew and where ever he goes next as well. Any team would be lucky to get him for a playoff run. I see the Rangers are a great fit for him. Not too big of a market , they got the players, money and are definitely gonna have a nice playoff run again. This kid deserves a World Series ring at some point. I wish my Phillies had room for him and he didn’t have his anxiety issues. He’s a great addition to any team.

  5. fuddpucker - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Soooo, Zack gets selected and pampered by the small-ball Royals, leaves for a playoff run with almost as small-ball Brewers, and now will sign with one of the top ten payroll teams for 130 millionish? I’m glad they don’t have a salary cap in MLB, I’d hate to see the small-ball teams have even a fleeting chance to compete.

    • nategearhart - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      1) You seem to have no idea what “small-ball” means.

  6. fuddpucker - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Funny, I just checked MLB’s 2012 payroll. Just a cursory glance shows that 10 of the top 11 teams in payroll have been in the last 10 World Series, 8 them winners with two of them repeating. Amazing coincidence isn’t it?

    • skipperxc - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      I’m curious as to which is the 11th team. Please say the Mets.

      • fuddpucker - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Funny, it’s the Brewers..even more funny because they almost made the WS last year. Mets ended up being 15th.

    • ezthinking - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Not really at all. The “smallest market teams” listed in your 11(even though the Rays and Rockies both made the WS and aren’t nor have never been in the top 11) are Detroit and St. Louis; two of the oldest teams with huge geographical followings. Even more curious is that team payroll AFTER a WS appearance usually goes up as vets that helped the squad get there art paid more than the true market would bear.

      So it’s sad again, perception trumps facts.

  7. fuddpucker - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Here’s the top 11 teams in payroll this season. Note that every team listed has been in at least one of the last 10 World Series except the Brew Crew:

    1. NY
    2. PHilly
    3. BoSox
    4. L.A.
    5. Det
    6. Texas
    7. Miami
    8. S.F.
    9. StL
    10. Brew Crew
    11. Chi Sox

  8. fuddpucker - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Here’s the bottom 19 teams in payroll this season. Note that every single team listed HAS NOT been in any of the last 10 World Series except for the Rockies*, Houston* and TB*.

    12. L.A. Dodgers
    13. Twins
    14. Mets
    15. Cubs
    16. Braves
    17. Reds
    18. Mariners
    19. Orioles
    20. Nats(Expos)
    21. Indians
    22. Rockies
    23. Blue Jays
    24. Diamondbacks
    25. Devil Rays
    26. Pirates
    27. Royals
    28. Stroh’s
    29. A’s
    30. Padres
    * Denotes losers. Never won a World Series, EVER.

  9. mannyicey - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    The buzz around Atlanta is that the kid wants to be here. It looks like that terrible Dempster trade is going away!

    • muskyhunter2542 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      How would you know if Greinke wanted to be in Atlanta? Im sure that he didnt just come out and say I want to be in Atlanta in the middle of a season… Im sure he will be happy anywhere, even in Atlanta. But to say that he wants to be there is ridiculous.

      • mannyicey - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        It was in the AJC they he told his agent that he preferred Atlanta.

        Sorry for the late response, but I had to respond to you because athletes tell their agents where they would like to go, especially after the GM says that they are going to move you in the press.

  10. muskyhunter2542 - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Rangers can have George Kattaras…. The Brewers take the stud Shortstop Jurickson Profar, and Cody Buckel. That is the only way this gets done… Remember that The Brewers gave up for Greinke? They need to get at least that back in talent.

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