Zack Greinke still agentless, yet open to extension

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Zack Greinke, who left CAA Sports last year and is currently without an agent, said he is open to doing a new deal with the Brewers this winter.

“I’ll talk to them about it,” he told MLB.com. “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.”

Greinke will be eligible for free agency for the first time next winter after finishing the four-year, $38 million contract he originally signed with the Royals. He’ll make $13.5 million in 2012. Barring an extension, he’s set to join Cole Hamels and Matt Cain in what looks like a pretty strong class of free agent pitchers. Still, like Jered Weaver before him, he may choose to take a bit less to stay where he is.

“Everything feels really good at the stadium and stuff, the team is great, and I love the whole coaching staff and front office, too,” Greinke said. “The owner [Mark Attanasio] is probably the best owner in baseball, maybe. He’s incredible.”

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.