Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent.
Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as a client.
He’s currently on a four-year, $38 million extension signed with the Royals in January of 2009 and as a rare under-30 star free agent the former Cy Young winner could be in line for a deal in excess of $100 million next winter.
At no point did the Brewers seem legitimately in the mix to re-sign Prince Fielder, so it’ll be interesting to see if they make a stronger effort to retain Greinke long term. He went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 172 innings for Milwaukee after coming over with Yuniesky Betancourt in a blockbuster trade for Jake Odorizzi, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Jeremy Jeffress.
The Tampa Bay Rays were reported this week to be “open for business” as far as trades go. Normally that means nothing happens until late June or something. The Rays are getting right down to it, though, as they’ve just traded closer Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners, who have played some outstanding ball lately thanks to some outstanding starting pitching, and are looking to bolster other areas as they make a push in the AL West, will likely slot Colome into a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Span will take over center field, allowing Dee Gordon to, eventually anyway, once he recovers from a fractured toe, cover for the suspended Robinson Cano at second base. If the M’s make the playoffs he’d likely do so in the postseason too, given that Cano will be ineligible for any October play due to his suspension.
Colome has saved 11 games for the Rays, with a 4.15 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 23/8 in 21.2 innings.Span is hitting .238/.364/.385 with four homers and six stolen bases on the season.
Two players are going back to the Rays: righties Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Moore was the Mariners’ second round pick in 2015 and made his big league debut last season, pitching 59 innings in 2018 but back in the minors so far in 2018. Romero was a 15th rounder for Seattle in 2017 and is currently plying his trade in A-ball.
The Rays, as expected, are using the 2018 season to acquire prospects. The Mariners, who are unexpectedly strong in the early going, are trying to go for it even harder. Quite a big trade for late May.