You’d think that a guy who has been portrayed as not being able to handle a lot of distractions wouldn’t want to be in the business of handling his own business affairs as he enters his final season before free agency. But more so than the social anxiety stuff, Zack Greinke has been defined by the fact that he just does his own thing.
That thing now: going without an agent. A season away from free agency.
Jerry Crasnick has his story over at ESPN.com today. It doesn’t sound like Greinke is going to pull a full-on Gary Sheffield and negotiate his own deal — Greinke says “we’ll see how long it lasts” — but he’s certainly doing things differently than most in his situation do.
To be honest, I’d think that the contract negotiation stuff would be less of a hassle than the day-to-day work of an agent, much of which Crasnick explains in his story. Side business deals. Endorsements if Greinke does any. Random licensing stuff. Seems like it would be a pain.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.