Contrary to the report released last Friday by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that said the Brewers were “believed to be willing to offer” Zack Greinke a contract extension at or near $100 Million over five years, there doesn’t appear to much discussion between GM Doug Melvin and Greinke’s agent Casey Close.
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi:
It doesn’t appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Greinke since spring training. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no evidence that the team had made the 28-year-old a formal offer. And there isn’t much time left before the deadline for the sides to strike a deal.
Greinke missed his scheduled start on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals to “re-charge his batteries”, according to multiple sources. Milwaukee’s ace had previously started three straight games over the course of seven days. The unfortunate part for the Brewers is that Greinke pitched miserably (at least to his standards), conceding eight earned runs to cross home on 14 hits and four walks to just four strikeouts. His string of poor outings will likely diminish his market value, though by how much is still uncertain.
Still, FanGraphs rates Greinke as the most valuable starter in the National League, with a 3.5 WAR rating. He is currently 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA (2.81 xFIP), 1.25 WHIP, striking out upwards of 10 batters per nine innings pitched with a walk rate of 5.8 percent. He is scheduled to start in Philadelphia on Tuesday against Cliff Lee.