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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Greinke agrees to deal with Royals

Zack Greinke is heading back to where it all began, as the Royals have agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the free-agent right-hander, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Wednesday.

The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.

Greinke has been a reliable starter, even as he’s entered his late 30s. The 18-year veteran went 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 171 innings for the Astros in 2021 and made three appearances during Houston’s postseason run, including a scoreless four-inning start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Braves.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2022 at 04:08 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cris E Posted: March 16, 2022 at 04:56 PM (#6068017)
Pretty clever, following that Angels model: Grienke can DH on the days he's not pitching.

Seriously, the Royals only had a handful of guys with an OPS+ over 90 last year, and the best of the bunch is a catcher with 1000 games on him. Zach may get a chance to hit for himself.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2022 at 05:01 PM (#6068018)
I love this if for nothing more than this seals Greinke having a KC on his cap in Cooperstown.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 16, 2022 at 06:04 PM (#6068032)
Greinke as an FA hadn't really registered. So we were discussing the Reds, Cubs, Wade Miley the other day. Which would you rather have, Miley at 1/$10 or Greinke at 1/$13. I'm pretty sure the answer is Greinke but it's probably pretty close -- his peripherals took a pretty big hit last year (K/9 down to Miley territory) and he's 3 years older. And of course if you're not interested in Greinke at 1/$13 you probably weren't interested in Miley either. Does the fact that Greinke ends up with the Royals mean very few teams were interested or did he just want to go back to where it started?
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2022 at 06:11 PM (#6068034)
Supposedly the Cubs were pursuing him.
   5. Zach Posted: March 16, 2022 at 07:32 PM (#6068053)
If Greinke's still got something in the tank, this could be a really fun rotation. The Royals have a ton of young pitching prospects, but they could use a stabilizing veteran or two to eat up innings and be an example for the young 'uns.
   6. Zach Posted: March 16, 2022 at 07:33 PM (#6068054)
I was just going to say that Greinke fits the role much better than Mike Minor, but lo and behold, the previous News article is that the Royals traded Minor!
   7. Zach Posted: March 16, 2022 at 07:49 PM (#6068057)
I love this if for nothing more than this seals Greinke having a KC on his cap in Cooperstown.

When Salvy Perez signed his extension, I mentioned how he was the franchise's best chance this generation to go into Cooperstown as a True Royal. But Greinke would have to jump into the lead for that now, wouldn't he?

   8. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 16, 2022 at 08:08 PM (#6068061)
I'm happy he's going to keep playing. Greinke is one of my favorite active players.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2022 at 08:18 PM (#6068067)

When Salvy Perez signed his extension, I mentioned how he was the franchise's best chance this generation to go into Cooperstown as a True Royal. But Greinke would have to jump into the lead for that now, wouldn't he?


Greinke and I have to think it's still 50/50 with Beltran if he gets in, although his time with the Astros may keep him out.
   10. Zach Posted: March 16, 2022 at 08:34 PM (#6068073)
I'd count Beltran as a True Royal and I think he's a deserving Hall of Famer, but someone who started rooting for the team around the 2014 playoff run has no memory of him in a Royals uniform.

It's not a meaningful category or anything, I just think it's nice that after a looooong drought, Royals fans are starting to see some legitimate HOF candidates again.
   11. Booey Posted: March 17, 2022 at 01:43 AM (#6068111)
Beltran:

Royals - 795 games, 24.8 WAR, 1 AS selection

Mets - 839 games, 31.1 WAR, 5 AS selections

I personally think of Beltran as a Met first. He had the ROY with Kansas City, but his top 2 seasons were with the Mets.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: March 17, 2022 at 12:33 PM (#6068150)
Looking at Greinke's bb-ref page, I was a little surprised to see he's the active leader in losses, but the only other candidate I could think of was Verlander. Greinke has 132 losses (with 219 wins), three ahead of Verlander (226-129) and Ervin Santana (151-129.) Nobody else has more than 106. Greinke passed them the last couple of years. Santana is only 2-5 since 2017 and Verlander is 1-0 since 2019.
   13. RoyalFlush Posted: March 17, 2022 at 12:47 PM (#6068155)
Shipping Minor and his $18M salary to Cincy in exchange for Garrett - and then signing Greinke for $13M - seems like a good day of GM work. And I don't even like Amir Garrett.

Give me a rotation with Greinke, Montas and Carlos Hernandez at the top and I start to get pretty optimistic about this year (at least in comparison to the last 5).
   14. Karl from NY Posted: March 18, 2022 at 03:49 PM (#6068275)
Although the problem with Beltran's Met fame is that his one iconic moment was keeping the bat on his shoulder for a series-walkoff strike three.
   15. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 18, 2022 at 11:37 PM (#6068301)
Shipping Minor and his $18M salary to Cincy in exchange for Garrett


What is Cincy doing? They cut Miley and his $10million, then traded for Minor and his $18million (and lose Garret in the process).

Miley is a year older (35 v 34), but was better last year AND over the past [any number] seasons.

I assumed the Miley cut was the start of their payroll shedding, so what the hell is going on?

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