MLB notes: Brewers determined to deal Greinke
By QMI Agency
|Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke doffs his hat in the dugout after giving up a solo home run to Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon in the first inning during their MLB interleague baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri June 12, 2012. (REUTERS)
Pack your bags, Zack Greinke, you are being traded.
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday he would trade the right-handed pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline next Tuesday.
There were reports last week that the Brewers informally offered Greinke about $100 million for a five-year extension. In the meantime they have been told the 28-year-old intends to test free agency after the season.
“I’m very fond of (Greinke),” Melvin told USA Today. “He’s one of my favourite players I’ve ever had. Really, he has been like a son to me. I enjoy talking baseball with him. He’s very passionate. He follows the game.
It has been a great experience having him for a year and a half.
“There are so many good things about him, it’s going to be difficult when we trade him.” The Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers are considered leading candidates to acquire Greinke, but numerous other teams could get involved as well.
PHILS MAY MOVE LEE
Another pitcher who could end up on the market before the trade deadline is Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Having signed left-hander Cole Hamels on Wednesday to a six-year, $144-million extension, the Phils are committed to doling out $68 million next season to three starters -- Hamels, Lee and Roy Halladay.
Officials from other teams told FoxSports.com they think Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will have to move Lee to reduce payroll.
Lee, who turns 34 next month, is owed $87.5 million on the three years left on his contract after this season.
He has a 1-6 record with a 3.95 earned-run average this season but is considered a solid post-season pitcher.
TULOWITZKI DONE FOR YEAR?
Troy Tulowitzki, who was expected back in August after surgery in June to remove scar tissue from his left groin, could be out for the season, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies shortstop had the surgical procedure June 21, three weeks after feeling discomfort while running the bases.
Sources say that since the Rockies are out of contention they don’t want to risk bring their star back too early.
The Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers have renewed trade talks concerning Chicago right-hander Ryan Dempster, CSN Chicago reported Thursday. They may try to get a third team involved to satisfy the Cubs’ request for two pitching prospects in return for the 35-year-old. The Dodgers are Dempster’s preferred destination ... The Dodgers placed infielder Adam Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right groin strain. Kennedy is hitting .250 with one homer and 15 RBI in 70 games this season. The Dodgers have recalled right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson from triple-A Albuquerque ... Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back inflammation. Polanco is hitting .255 with two homers and 19 RBI. Ty Wigginton has replaced Polanco at third base the past three games but has made three errors. The Phils will make a corresponding roster move Friday.