Greinke Hires Agent, Possible Extension Coming
Brewers' starting pitcher Zack Greinke has reportedly hired an agent. Jim Bowden of ESPN has reported that Greinke hired Casey Close from Excel Sports Management as his new agent.
Greinke has been without an agent all offseason and speculation grew as to what would happen during that time with possible negotiations on a contract extension between him and the Brewers. Greinke and Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin both appeared to be unconcerned about the right-hander not having an agent. Dispite not having one, it has been reported that Greinke and Melvin have been meeting and discussing a contract extension, however. Greinke has been mum when faced with questions from reporters on his possible contract extension talks.
The Brewers have made it known that they will let fellow starting pitcher Shaun Marcum test the free agant market after the season. Left-hander Randy Wolf is in the last year of his 3 year deal and probably will not be back unless he takes a significant pay reduction.
Milwaukee has been very aggressive in trying to lock up their young talent before they hit the open market. RF Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, SP Yovani Gallardo, LF Ryan Braun and most recently C Johnathan Lucroy have all signed significant extensions with the Brewers.
Greinke is coming off a solid 2011 season that started and finished a bit slowly. Dispite missing his first six starts of the season due to a cracked rib, Greinke finished with a perfect 11-0 record at Miller Park and went 16-6 overall with a 3.83 ERA. He had 201 strikeouts and just 45 walks in 171.2 innings pitched.
It's no secret that the Brewers like what they see in Greinke and if it is indeed true that he has hired an agent, then it could be a sign that the two sides are very close to an agreement and just need an agent for the missing link.
Do not be surprised if Greinke and the Brewers have a deal done before opening day on Friday. The only question will be how long and for how much.
Brewers Nucleus Going Forward
Here's a list of the Brewers that are signed beyond the 2014 season. If Greinke is added to this list, then Milwaukee will have a very good, young core in which to build around for quite some time. (I am missing club/player/mutual options, buyouts and player incentives, but you get the gist.)
2B Rickie Weeks 4 Yr/$38.5 millon; becomes FA 2016
RF Corey Hart 3 Yr/$26.5 million; becomes FA 2014
C Johnathan Lucroy 5 Yr/$11 million; becomes FA 2018
LF Ryan Braun 13 Yr/$150 million; becomes FA 2022
SP Yovani Gallardo 5 Yr/$30.1 million; becomes FA 2016
Add Greinke to this list and that's not a bad group of guys to build around.