Greinke Refuses Offer from Brewers

by Matthew on July 20, 2012

The Zack Greinke saga has some new developments, and it appears that the Milwaukee Brewers have offered their star right-handed pitcher a five-year, $100-million-plus extension.

This was apparently done sometime within the last few weeks, but rumors surfaced on Friday, along with the opinion that Greinke is not expected to take the offer.

Jon Heyman of reports that offer could have been close or equal to the five-year, $112.5 million extension Matt Cain signed earlier this season

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So what gives? Is Greinke holding out for a more lucrative offer, or is he just hoping that free agency brings new opportunities?

Well, whatever the reason, the Brewers certainly did their best to keep the 28-year-old, as he likely won’t get much more.

The 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner is 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA this season, but has shown some inconsistencies. He gave up 10 runs in eight-plus innings during his most recent three consecutive starts.

Since then he has skipped a start, stalling the chances of other teams expected to be interested in Greinke as a trade target, to see him pitch.

He is, however, scheduled to start Tuesday in Philadelphia, and you can bet that the Brewers will have him on the mound hoping for a strong showing, so they can increase his value in preparation to swap the him before the deadline.

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