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Report: the Angels are unlikely to sign Zack Greinke

Nov 27, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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Los Angeles Dodgers, open your checkbooks. Danny Knobler reports:

The Angels, once considered the favorite to keep free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, are now unlikely to sign him, according to sources.

The issue is money, it seems, as Knobler reports that the Angels don’t want to go to the top of the market where Greinke seems to be heading.

Of course there was also no indication last year at this time that the Angels would go top dollar for Albert Pujols, but they did, and in every other year lots of teams put themselves in play for free agents at the Winter Meetings or soon thereafter.  The point: don’t bank on the Angels being out of it.

  1. uwsptke - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Phase 1 – Trade Santana, decline option on Haren, focus on Greinke instead
    Phase 2 – ???
    Phase 3 – Profit!

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Phase 4 — An extra first round draft pick!

      • mirmz - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        Greinke wasn’t eligible for a qualifying offer since the Halos traded for him at the deadline. Therefore, the signing team doesn’t have to give up any picks.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Interesting. I realized that the rules had changed a bit, but that change is a news to me. The Halos seemed to have messed up big time.

  2. geoknows - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Everything I’ve heard is that the Angels don’t want to pay any pitcher more than they pay Weaver, and that it’s more out of a respect-for-Weaver’s-feelings thing. I say BS on that. Yes, Weaver left a lot of money on the table to stay there, and they appreciate that. But, you know…Weaver left a lot of money on the table and that’s on him. They can’t let that hamper their ability to sign another pitcher until after he’s gone, because they will never sign another impactful pitcher if that’s the case.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Weaver is an immature punk. His feelings will be hurt if the Angels try to field the best possible team? How unfortunate. Grow up.

      • clydeserra - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        to be fair, we don’t really know what Weaver thinks beyond, “I am set with this money, I don’t need more”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        I know that he carries himself with a certain aura of arrogance, and that he made a complete a$$ of himself when threw at Guillen and subsequently threw that f-bomb-laced temper tantrum.

      • kpow55 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        Or how about we are paying Weaver X amount of money, Zach you’re very good but you aren’t even in his stratosphere….. we’d love to have you, here’s 80% and there’s the door, take your pick.

        And….. Weaver is a class act who took less to stay with a team and in an area he loves, is Guillen even on an MLB team anymore?

      • paperlions - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:12 AM

        The problem with that argument kpow is that the Angels’ salary structure is already not consistent with ability. Pujols is not the best player on the team, and Wells isn’t the 2nd best. In addition, from 2014 through 2016 CJ Wilson will be paid more than Weaver. If the Angels or any team used their best contract as the upper limit for signing FAs, they just wouldn’t sign any more FAs

  3. hansob - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    This is why the whole “it’s not your money” arguement on the Vernon Wells trade was so ridiculous. Every team has a budget.

    • Gardenhire's Cat - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Except the Dodgers, that is.

  4. echech88 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Obviously they needed him back but they were getting picked to do well last year before he was ever on the team. They can still do well if they plug the other holes they have.

    Greinke is great, but at the contract he will likely sign the Dodgers really are the only team that can pull that off right now without blinking. The Angels’ experience with Wells I’m sure has forever made Moreno gun shy about anyone who’s not a first ballot Hall of Famer.

    • paperlions - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      They were picked to do well last year because everyone expected them to have a stacked rotation. Now they have Weaver, Wilson, and three question marks for a rotation…and they really don’t have anyone in the organization ready to step up…as of right now Richards (who was not good in his chance last year) and Jerome Williams in the #3, and #4 spots…with NO ONE in the #5 spot.

      Their offense isn’t getting any better than it was last year. Trout can’t be better, Pujols is in the midst of a 4 year slide, Hunter is gone, pitchers remembered that you don’t have to throw Trumbo strikes…where is the offense coming from? Without Greinke (and more) this looks like a team that will fight the Mariners for last place.

  5. renorocker - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Kansas City bound. We rented him out for a ton of talent.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    He would go back to Milwaukee before KC!!! Milwaukee is closer to a winner then KC. When was the last time the Royals were in the playoffs? They are a lot further then Milwaukee!!!

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM



      your head

  7. mattyflex - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I didn’t like his character when he was in Kansas City. I don’t like his character now. If Kansas City fans can’t watch their team win ball games, they should at least be able to watch guys with the right attitude. Obviously the Royals need an ace, but I wouldn’t drink a beer with Zack in real life.

    • kingscourt25 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM


    • protius - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      So what is your problem with Zack Greinke? What is it about his character that makes him a poor drinking buddy? I mean, it’s not like he’s the fascist dictator of Freedonia.
      Inquiring minds want to know.

  8. billymc75 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    texas will be calling

  9. losangelesfan - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Sounds to me like the old negotiation ploy. The Angels have dropped $25 mil and, by all estimations, make $147 mil per year from their TV contract. 6/150 is what Tiny Rosenthal is reporting. I think the Halos will get it done.

  10. padraighansen - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    First, it would be great for baseball if he went to KC or Milwaukee in free agency. From all accounts, he loved his time in Milwaukee as well as Kansas City.

    However, I’d bet my bonus that he ends up in Atlanta with the Braves.

    • uwsptke - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      “First, it would be great for baseball if he went to KC or Milwaukee in free agency. From all accounts, he loved his time in Milwaukee as well as Kansas City.”

      I’m with you there, although he clearly didn’t care for the actual baseball organization in Kansas city.

      “However, I’d bet my bonus that he ends up in Atlanta with the Braves.”

      Aaaannnndddd you lost me.

  11. ryanrockzzz - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Well this is just in time for RAJ to swope in under the radar and bring back the 4 aces….watch it happen!

  12. iamjimmyjack - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Start the fire Jerry websites…I cant believe Zack thinks he’s even worth 160 million. Im glad were not paying him that much but Im pissed we traded away 3 top 10 prospects to get him. NOt to mention letting my favorite player Torii Hunter walk. Plus the fact he signed a 32 year old Alber Pujols for 250 million when we needed a 3rd baseman. How stupid. Im watching the Angels collapse before my very eyes. If it wasnt for Mike Trout I wouldnt even keep my season tickets.

    • kpow55 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      If you cant see that giving consistent playing time to youngsters (Trout, Bourjos & Trumbo) benefits the team more than appeasing an aging vet (Hunter), maybe you should give your tickets away as you clearly aren’t watching the games.

      I like Hunter too but playing every day at the same position in the filed and in the lineup is clearly going to benefit Bourjos and Trumbo

  13. fuddpucker - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Welcome to Atlanta, Zack.

  14. jaybird22seven - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Welcome to Toronto Zach !!!! I wish.

    • protius - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      He’d be in a rubber room in two weeks, if he played for Toronto.

  15. jaybird22seven - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    If he played in Toronto he would be living large!!! That rotation would be sick, beastmode!!!

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