Zack Greinke plans to hire a new agent eventually

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Zack Greinke has been without an agent since leaving CAA last year, but the Brewers right-hander told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com that he plans to hire new representation before hitting the open market as a free agent after the season.

Greinke initially indicated that he might try to negotiate a long-term deal by himself, which would save millions of dollars in commissions, but he’s apparently thought better of it.

And there’s a lot of money to be made from what will almost surely be a $100 million-plus contract, so Greinke is probably fielding a whole bunch of calls from interested agents and, knowing his introverted personality, is probably hating it.

In the meantime he’s entering the final season of a four-year, $38 million deal inked with the Royals.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.