MLB notes: $100-million not enough for Greinke
By QMI Agency
|Brewers starter Zack Greinke pitches against the Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., April 7, 2012. (DARREN HAUCK/Reuters)
Amid speculation that Zack Greinke is on the trade block, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he likely would not be able to make a sweet enough offer that would keep the pitching ace from testing free agency.
"When players get this close (to free agency), there's not many that will sign (with their existing team)," Melvin said.
The Brewers have offered close to $100 million over five years to Greinke, a source told CBSSports.com.
Melvin called the 28-year-old right-hander "a difference-maker" to a team with a chance to make the playoffs.
Numerous reports say the Brewers will move Greinke if they can't sign him before the July 31 trade deadline.
Greinke had a 9-3 record and 3.32 earned-run average through 19 games this season entering Friday night.
HUMBER TUNING UP
Philip Humber, who has struggled since pitching a perfect game April 21, could return to the Chicago White Sox starting rotation as early as next Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.
The 29-year-old is on the disabled list with a strained right elbow but has made three minor-league rehab starts -- including six shutout innings Thursday night.
Humber had a 7.47 ERA in the 10 starts that followed his perfect game.
ANGEL OVERCOMES ANXIETY, ASTHMA
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, who has been on the disabled list since being hospitalized June 18 because of breathing problems, is scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Saturday against the Yankees in New York.
Williams' health woes were blamed on asthma and anxiety. The 30-year-old said he hadn't suffered an asthma attack since he was a youth and that he hadn't had an anxiety attack before.
Williams has a 6-5 record this season with a 4.46 ERA.
STANTON WALKS WITHOUT CRUTCHES
Miami Marlins all-star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the disabled list Friday, five days after undergoing surgery to remove two cartilage fragments from his right knee. He is expected to be out four to six weeks.
Stanton walked without crutches Friday and told the Palm Beach Post he wasn't feeling any pain in the knee.
"It is definitely better than what I would have envisioned after surgery," Stanton said. "I thought I was going to be miserable and make sure that every four hours I would have to take pain pills. I only needed a few and I was good."
The 22-year-old is hitting .284 with 19 homers and 50 RBI.
The Marlins activated outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, 27, from the disabled list. He was coming off surgery May 25 to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Bonifacio was leading the NL in stolen bases with 20 when he got hurt.
An off-duty police officer from Leominster, Mass., is being investigated amid allegations he was the heckler who directed a racial slur at Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. The incident occurred when Crawford was playing a minor-league rehab game last week in Manchester, N.H. ... The New York Yankees have signed Kosuke Fukudome, 35, to a minor-league contract. The outfielder was released earlier this season after playing 24 games for the Chicago White Sox ... Pitcher Jim Miller was placed on the paternity list by the Oakland A's, who recalled left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa from triple-A Sacramento. Miller is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 19 appearances this season, all in relief. Figueroa had a 1.50 ERA in nine relief appearances earlier this season for Oakland.