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On draft day, Greinke was ready.
“He came in with a big piece of paper,” Melvin said. “He was sitting on the floor (in the war room) or a chair against the wall. I said, ‘Who do you like? Who do you think we should get?’ He said, ‘I really like Seager.’”
Specifically, Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C., the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.
Melvin continued the conversation.
“I asked, “Which pitcher do you like the best?’ ” Melvin recalled. “He said, ‘Pitching is too hard to figure out.’
The Brewers knew that Greinke would be a goner as a free agent. But before trading him to the Los Angeles Angels last July, Melvin and his special assistant, Craig Counsell, jokingly made the pitcher a unique offer:
“Re-sign with us, and we’ll let you make our second- and third-round picks in next year’s draft.”
Greinke on Felix Hernandez getting a bigger contract, per the LATimes: "He's worth it. I'll tell you right now, he's a better pitcher than I am."
Greinke's probably going to become a Scouting Director after he retires. I'd say GM but the requirements have jumped way higher than the 'high school' graduate that Greinke is.
this is a terrific read if you find Greinke as interesting as I do.
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