Zack Greinke thinks throwing no-hitter would be ‘hassle’

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Last night Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He quickly gave up a couple of hits and then rain shortened his night, but he’s not disappointed about a lost no-no at all. Why? Because he thinks throwing a no-hitter would be a hassle.

Here he is talking to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic:

There’d be too much attention with throwing a no-hitter, he feels. He dreads the “bunch of nonsense that comes with it.” He dealt with enough of that when he won his Cy Young in 2009. Maybe if he could throw one in complete anonymity – no game broadcast, no postgame interviews, in the middle of Ray Kinsella’s cornfields where he’d be visible only to the saccharinely pure of baseball heart – he’d enjoy it. Otherwise, not so much.

“It’d probably be more of a hassle than anything,” he said.

Anyone who has followed the guy’s career even moderately closely knows that that’s a pretty on-brand Zack Greinke response. He’s just operating with a different set of priorities and assumptions about the world than most people carry and, unlike most people, doesn’t seem terribly interested in pretending he doesn’t. I’ve always found that pretty refreshing about the guy. Which would probably annoy him to hear, but I don’t care.

As Buchanan notes in the article, though, a no-hitter doesn’t seem super likely for Greinke anyway. The guy is just around the plate too much. Throws too many strikes. That’s a key to pitching success but it’s also, inevitably, gonna cause you to give up a single or three even on your best night. Just ask Greg Maddux. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history but he never tossed a no-hitter because he simply wasn’t too interested in making guys chase a ton of pitches out of the zone.

Maddux did OK with that approach. Greinke has done just fine with it too.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.