There’s no movement anywhere, says Jon 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.
Morosi says a Greinke deal could wind up being in the $100 million range for five seasons. But Greinke has been temporarily taken out of the Brewers’ rotation:
Greinke will have gone 10 days without pitching by the time he makes his next scheduled start, Tuesday in Philadelphia. Team officials concluded he needed to “(recharge) his batteries” after starting three consecutive games.
Of course, two of those games had the All-Star break in between them, and he was ejected from the third after just four pitches. It’s a mystery what the Brewers are doing with him; Morosi points out:
One argument in favor of spending that much on Greinke is that the Brewers are high on a number of the organization’s homegrown starting pitchers: Mike Fiers, Tyler Thornburg, Jed Bradley, and Taylor Jungmann. If enough of them pan out, the Brewers could have multiple low-cost starters for several years to come. That would enable them to carry Greinke’s high salary without sacrificing quality in other areas of the club.
On the other hand, if those young pitchers are really that good, would you even need to spend that much on Greinke?
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