So long, Zack

Posted by Steve

In a season in which seemingly everything has gone wrong, something finally went right for the Brewers. Zack Greinke needed a strong start to answer questions after his layoff, and he went above and beyond. Three base runners in seven innings (and he could have easily kept going), some great defensive plays, and to top it off, a massive home run.

His trade value should be just about fully restored, and I’d be very surprised if he made another start with Milwaukee. Since he won’t re-sign, this is good news for the Brewers. I’ve been focused on Greinke trade possibilities for weeks now, and now that it’s finally clear he’s gone, it’s bittersweet. Greinke is an awesome pitcher, and my favorite since Ben Sheets. With him gone, it’s unlikely the Brewers will contend in 2013, so it probably means another year of losing.

Getting a great return for Greinke will really help, but it sucks that he didn’t stay here long term.

I think FS Wisconsin in-game reporter Jerry Augustine put it best tonight.

“”What better way than have to watch a great pitched game… from a PITCHER on his birthday!””

Well said, Jerry. Well said.

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4 responses to “So long, Zack

  1. This whole thing just seems like a really awkward situation for both sides. You have a team heading in the wrong direction and a player who EVERYONE knows will be leaving. Do you know of any situations like this? There are plenty of instances where at the end of a season everyone knows the player will be gone but do you know offhand of in-season occurrences?

  2. It is awkward, but there are generally a few players every year like this. Sabathia was one when the Brewers got him in 2008. Hunter Pence last year heard a bunch of rumors, then was removed from the game, waving to the fans and hugging his teammates. I think Ryan Dempster’s situation is even more awkward. The guy actually WAS traded, it was made public, and then he vetoed it to the chagrin of Braves and Cubs fans. Now he’s forcing the Cubs to either take a lesser return to trade him to the Dodgers, or not trade him at all.

  3. Youkilis leaps to mind.

    Donald is an Angel, bye bye Donald.

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