Zack Greinke, who is representing himself after leaving CAA in December, said last month that he was open to discussing a contract extension with the Brewers. However, from his comments at Brewers’ camp today, it doesn’t appear as though a contract is in the front of his mind.
According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Greinke said that he has no plans to publicly discuss his contract situation and added that there’s “no reason” for him to have an agent at the moment.
“I’m not even going to talk about that, sorry, because I get annoyed when other people talk about it,” said Greinke, referring to other players. “I already did earlier. It’s the same stuff. Nothing’s changed.”
Greinke, who posted a 3.83 ERA over 28 starts with the Brewers last season, is due to make $13.5 million this season before hitting free agency for the first time. While this winter’s free agent class didn’t feature many top-flight starters, Greinke, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain could all potentially be available next offseason.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!