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.”

Twins to retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7

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Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse announced that the Twins will honor former C/1B Joe Mauer by retiring his uniform number 7. Mauer announced his retirement from baseball on November 9.

Mauer will join Harmon Killebrew (No. 3), Tony Oliva (No. 6), Tom Kelly (No. 10), Kent Hrbek (No. 14), Rod Carew (No. 29), Kirby Pucket (No. 34), and Bert Blyleven (No. 28) as Twins to have their numbers retired.

Mauer, 35, spent 15 seasons in the majors, all with the Twins. He posted a career .306/.388/.439 triple-slash line with 143 home runs and 923 RBI. He won the AL MVP Award in 2009, won the batting title three times, earned three Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers, and made the AL All-Star team six times. Sadly, his career was limited due to injuries, including a concussion that caused him to move from catcher to first base.

Five years from now, Mauer will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot. There will certainly be some arguments for and against his candidacy. He retired with 55.1 career Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which definitely puts him in the conversation. But, as always, there’s never a consensus.