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The Angels top priority: signing Zack Greinke

Nov 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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In some of the Dan Haren/Ervin Santana threads some Angels fans have said that they hope that L.A. doesn’t re-sign Zack Greinke.  Guess what: the Angels aren’t listening to you, as Danny Knobler reports:

The Angels’ top offseason priority is finding a way to re-sign Greinke (“huge priority,” one Angels person said).

Greinke was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 89 and a third innings for the Angels after being shipped west from Milwaukee.  He made $13.5 million in 2012 and he’s easily the top free agent pitcher on the market this winter, so the Angels are going to have some serious competition and are going to have to pay some serious coin to lock him up.

  1. echech88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Well given the Haren/Santana situation if they do not keep Greinke they are seriously a mess in the rotation.

    I’m going to assume Jerry Dipoto knows what he’s doing and isn’t the type to release two pitchers without having a decent assurance he will be able to keep the third.

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Yet another dumb move: signing a free agent because there are free agents available and the fan base wants you to make a blockbuster move. Sound familiar Boston?

    Greinke is overrated and will cost them dearly because of his one Cy Young. He just doesn’t have “it” and I’m not sure that he really ever did or else he’d be able to “repeat the motion” so to speak.

    His Cy was a fluke. He pitched in a weak division in what has unfortunately become baseball purgatory (and will be until the young guys figure out how to play at this level).

    I think the Angels want to do this more because they are worried about the pieces they gave away to get Greinke and feeling like chumps.

    You will feel double-chumped if you do this deal Arte. DOUBLE chumped.

    • thereisaparty - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Greinke’s K% from 07-12: 20.9, 21.5, 26.5, 19.7, 28.1, 23.0
      Greinke’s BB%: 7.1, 6.6, 5.6, 6.0, 6.1, 6.3, 6.2
      Greinke’s FIP-: 83, 81, 53, 79, 77, 79

      He’s pretty damn good and the premier FA this offseason.

    • nategearhart - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Of course his Cy Young season was a fluke; it was a HISTORIC season. As in, don’t ever count on a pitcher having two seasons like that in his career.
      If that’s your standard, then no wonder you whine and rage all the time; baseball must be just one disappointment after another.
      Greinke is a very, very good pitcher, and odds are good he will continue to be.
      BTW, what the fuck is “it”?

      • nategearhart - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Wait nm

  3. rockthered1286 - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    What’s the one thing everyone knows about Grienke? Doesn’t want to go to the big cities. So right off the bat, I say you knock NY, Philly & Boston out of contention. Most likely Texas as well. So the market dwindles. Who can afford him? Not everyone, so that further cuts down on the list. Teams that don’t need him? Take the Tigers, Rays and Giants off the list. And of course at this stage in his career he’ll most likely want to join a playoff caliber team, so again, the list shrinks. In my opinion it comes down to 2 teams: Angels & Orioles, Given Angelos’ hesitant spending habits I would usually say there’s no competition here BUT we all saw what the O’s are capable of last year, and Angelos saw what a full stadium looks like. He knows that he cannot deprive this city of an FA splash this year, and I think Grienke will be the target.

    • Jeff - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      based on your “big city” logic, wouldn’t the Angels be ruled out? last I checked Los Angeles was a big city

    • Alex K - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Are you so sure about the “everyone knows Greinke doesn’t want to go to a big city” thing? Has anyone heard him say that? Or is it just more speculation because of his anxiety disorder?

      I’m not saying your wrong about that it. I just don’t remember ever seeing it documented that Zack said that. I’ve always thought it was pretty offensive when people make declarations about Greinke because of his illness.

      • Lukehart80 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        The “he won’t play in a big city” meme is an inaccuracy caused by people making assumptions on a topic they know little about and understand poorly.

      • Alex K - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        That’s what I thought. I don’t remember ever hearing Greinke say that, but I wasn’t sure.

  4. sirrealrainman - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    The Angels top priority: signing Zack Greinke
    This just in… The sun is hot.

    “Angels fans have said that they hope that L.A. doesn’t re-sign Zack Greinke”
    That’s a horribly broad statement…
    I hang out at SBNation’s Angels fan blog for Angel news.
    I see nothing but “Angels MUST sign Greinke” posts.

    Someone not wanting to resign Greinke is probably an individual who does not watch or care about the Angels.

  5. eldannyboy1 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Re sign him ASAP

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