> Earlier today, starter Zack Greinke said that he’s still open to negotiations, as far as a contract extension goes. However, the only twist is that Greinke is his own agent. He’s been operating that way for awhile now, having cut ties with his former agency, CAA Sports, after being traded to the Brewers from the Royals in December of 2010.
Greinke said it was interesting to be his own agent, because he gets to see what happens behind the scenes, which players don’t normally get to do.
“I’ll talk to them about it. I don’t really want to talk to anyone else about it. But I like the business of baseball. It’s exciting for me. It’s not like I plan on being my agent, but it is exciting being able to know what’s going on behind the scenes.”
In other words, the Brewers are negotiating with Greinke directly, instead of an agent representing him- at least for now. Whether or not your a Brewers fan, pray that his next agent isn’t Scott Boras.
Greinke also complimented Brewers owner Mark Attanasio when regarding how he’d enjoyed his time in Milwaukee so far.
“Everything feels really good at the stadium and stuff, the team is great, and I love the whole coaching staff and front office, too. The owner [Attanasio] is probably the best owner in baseball, maybe. He’s incredible.”
And that’s coming from Greinke, arguably the most brutally honest player in baseball. So when he says something like that, you know he means it.
Anyway, the Brewers have been trying to extend Greinke since December. And he definitely deserves it. He went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 2011, which doesn’t reflect his best work. But, he did have 201 strikeouts in just 161 1/3 innings, which is incredible. His K/9 ratio was also the best in baseball (among qualifiers). The Brewers won all of his starts at Miller Park (17), where he went 11-0 during the regular season (12-0, if you include a win against the Cardinals in the NLCS).
The only thing I’d like to see from Greinke do better next year is go deeper into games. He never once finished the eighth inning all season, with every other Brewers starter doing it at least once. I understand that it isn’t always his fault, as Ron Roenicke can sometimes have an unusually short leash, but still.
Anyway, hopefully a deal gets done. I’d love to see Greinke stay in Milwaukee for awhile; he and Yovani Gallardo form a formidable tandem atop the Brewers rotation. I wouldn’t mind Shaun Marcum getting extended, either.
> The Brewers On Deck event was today. I was thinking about going, but decided against it. I would have probably mainly gone for autographs anyway, and I hate sitting in long lines for hours on end waiting for that type of thing. I also heard there were thousands of people there. But that shows that the Brewers are once again become popular in Milwaukee after a few down years.
> The Cardinals and free agent starter Roy Oswalt are talking about a deal- or are they? Beats me. Over the past few days, there have been a ton of conflicting sources regarding the matter. Two days ago, a few sources said Oswalt and the Cards were nearing a deal with each other, but last night GM John Mozeliak shot the rumors down. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
But, if they do end up signing Oswalt, who would probably slot as their fourth starter, they’ll have competition for the final spot between Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook. Lohse will likely get it, with Westbrook probably moving to the bullpen. The Cards have been trying to find trade suitors for both, but Lohse has the ability to veto any trade (which he would do if given the chance), and Westbrook just plain sucks, so no one wants him.
The Brewers have seen Oswalt a lot over the years, as he spent his first ten years or so in the Majors with the Astros. They’ve knocked him around at times, and other times he’s had their number.
> Anyway, that’s about it. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.