Zack Greinke not talking contract, says there’s “no reason” for him to have an agent

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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.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.