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The Brewers acknowledge that Zack Greinke is all but gone

Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Zack Greinke AP AP

Not exactly shocking and not exactly a secret, but given how cagey general managers tend to be about players they’re trading, this is notable:

“We’re taking phone calls,” Melvin told WTMJ’s Greg Matzek. “We’ve been working here. I’m in the office in the ‘war room’ already. It’s a busy week. At this point we have to listen to opportunities to improve the ball club for the future and still try to win ball games now.”

Asked by Matzek how many teams have contacted him about Greinke, Melvin said, “There’s a lot of teams that make contact. You try to narrow the list down in that regard. You take the serious ones.

Tom Haudricourt reports that the Rangers, Angels, Braves and White Sox are all in on Greinke.

Maybe I’m just being insecure, but I have this fear that the Braves are thinking about giving up a way-too-big-package for Greinke. So, please, Rangers or someone, overpay.

  1. mrwillie - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I fear the Braves will give up to much as well….all these potentially pitcher trades are going to drive me to making a stiff drink at 10am.

    • bravesfan388 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Last I heard, they back away from Greinke since the asking price is/was too high. I really hope they learned their lesson from the Texeria trade.

      • bravojawja - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM


    • mrwillie - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      “all these potentially pitcher trades”——maybe I already have started drinking.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Hopefully the Brewers can get a nice haul for him.

  3. gpatrick15 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    If he agrees to an extension, I wouldn’t mind the Braves going all in on Greinke. 6 years of Greinke is better than 6 years from Minor, Delgado, and possibly Tehran. You have to think Frank Wren has learned from the Texiera trade. If they can do it without giving up Tehran, even better.

    • psr179 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      wasnt it Schuerholz that made the texeira trade? either way, im sure wren realizes in hindsight the negative impact that trade had.

    • jdl1325 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      If he didn’t agree to an extension with the Brewers, what makes you think he will with the Braves?

      • gpatrick15 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        If the Braves offer more money, why wouldn’t he? It’s a big if, but it’s possible. He didn’t extend with the Brewers because the money wasn’t to his liking. If the Braves offer him what he wants, then he’d sign.

      • psr179 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        also, atlanta is a lot closer to where his family lives in florida. a lot closer than milwaukee.

      • bravojawja - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        Do the Braves have that kind of money to invest in one guy? I know Chipper’s coming off the books this season, but $22 million or so for a pitcher is more Philly/Yankee money than Braves money.

        Liberty Media (the owners) claim the baseball people have free rein to run the team, but it’s the parent corporation that sets the budget.

      • gpatrick15 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        You’ve gotta pay to play. I hope they wouldn’t even be in discussions to acquire him without knowing the financial risks he brings. He’s a Cy Young winner in his prime. He’s only 28 and could still get better. That’s worth more than trotting out Jurrjens and Minor every week, serving up runs at such a high pace.

    • pantherfan550 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Amen to learning from your mistakes. The Tex trade to Texas basically got them over the hump that earned them back-to-back W.S. trips. I don’t think giving up Minor, Delgado and Tehran is worth it. Save Chipper and McCann, the Braves have a really young team and could build it back to where they were a decade ago if they can keep who they have right now.

  4. spudatx - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Couldn’t keep Sabathia. Couldn’t keep Fielder. Can’t keep Greinke. What gives? Is it just a money thing for these guys or is the clubhouse not one these players want to continue to be a part of?

    • madnova - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      It’s a money thing.

    • chill1184 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      It’s purely money, if soon to be free agent X sees that Y got the money truck backed up on his house and X feels his ability is the same if not better than Y then X is going to want the money truck as well. Then combine the poor record the team that player is on which just gives them more of an incentive to back his bags. Thats the sad and cold fact about free agency.

    • brewcitybummer - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      The Yankees beat the Brewers offer for Sabathia by 60 million and the Tigers beat the Brewers offer for Fielder by 120 million.

  5. psr179 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    bravojawja – chipper comes off. little chance they resign bourn. he’s the best leadoff hitter in the league and will command BIG $$$. jurrjens probably wont get tendered. also, they’re still on the hook for at least some of lowe’s contract. they’ll have money to spend. but as all braves fans know, the new ownership doesnt really like to do it. Greinke would be a good investment though. When he’s comfortable, he’s one of the top tier pitchers in the bigs.

  6. budselog - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Grienke is an ass hole, a liar, AND he’s filled with fear when pitching in big markets.

    He’s not worth the $120 million him and his agent will be asking for. He’ll be very lucky if he can get $90 in a mid size market that barely has a chance to ever win.

    • geoknows - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      An asshole? Maybe. I doubt that you know for sure.

      A liar? No. Please give an example of a Greinke lie.

      Afraid of pitching in big markets? Again, please give an example. He has never stated this.

      • budselog - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        He wanted out because he felt like he was too good to pitch in Kansas City. Forget that. You get paid to play baseball and only when you’re a free agent should you be able to voice an opinion as to what team you’d like to play for, the current or another.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      He didn’t look filled with fear in Philly a few days ago.

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