NL Central Notes: Bedard, Garza, Greinke, Reds

Here are today’s NL Central notes, including thoughts from three of the division’s GMs on a few starting pitchers…

  • Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he’s cautiously optimistic about Erik Bedard this season, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "Not that long ago, Erik was one of the better pitchers in baseball," Huntington said. "We still see good stuff. The challenge is going to be health.”
  • Cubs GM Jed Hoyer joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio and said he's hopeful to sign Matt Garza long-term because pitching is such a difficult commodity to obtain.
  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Bowden that he and owner Mark Attanasio plan to discuss an extension with Zack Greinke this spring (Twitter link). In this case, Melvin and Attanasio will be speaking to Greinke without relying on an intermediary. The right-hander is without an agent, unlike the overwhelming majority of players. Melvin recently cited deals in the $80MM range as possibly comparables for Greinke.
  • The Reds are a sleeper team for 2012, one scout told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link).


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37 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Bedard, Garza, Greinke, Reds"


Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Boy, that’s a bold statement, scout-friend of Jerry Crasnick.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

LMAO, that’s what I’m saying…I haven’t seen one “pro” not say the Reds will win the division..

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Fizzzay
3 years 4 months ago

Get the Grienkster locked up.

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eyeglass1
3 years 4 months ago

My scout friend told me that the Astros are the worse team in the league… amazing! :)

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I know you are being sarcastic, but I think Seattle might have a worse record in 2012.  Their best position player last year was Brendan Ryan, and they traded away their second best starting pitcher.  If they avoid 100 losses this year, AND Jack Z is still employed, it will be a Festivus miracle.

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lefty177
3 years 4 months ago

idk, i think i have to agree with eyeglass, at least the Mariners have an ace that can shut a team out every night, a ROY candidate DH, a future batting title candidate 2B, & Mike Carp (he doesn’t seem that bad)

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Andrew Steven
3 years 4 months ago

I love how everyone forgets about Smoak just because he hurt  his hand and his dad passed away…

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

I don’t see them losing 100 games. I think they’re going to have a better offense with Ackley and Montero in the middle of their line up. Smoak could also develop into the hitter he’s supposed to be.

They might lose 99 though.

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UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 4 months ago

The Brewers are dreaming if they think they are going to sign Greinke for around $80MM.  He’ll be a FA in 2013 and he only turns 29 in Oct. 2012.  He would be absolutely stupid to take anything less than 5 yrs/$18MM per.  More likely he should be looking at 6 yrs/$108MM minimum.  He should slot in just behind Hamels and Cain if they hit FA next winter.

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3 years 4 months ago

But this is Zack Greinke….not your typical player. If anyone were to take less money it would be him. Hes been scouting pitchers for Milwaukee, seems a bit like he wants to stay there.

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Otis26
3 years 4 months ago

I hope he does. People in KC have this fantasy that Greinke will re-sign with the Royals. As far as I’m concerned he can stay where he is.

He told KC to *(&%-off and sulked until he got traded. I was happy because KC got a huge haul of prospects in return…but he can stay there. The Royals should compete for the division in 2013, and Greinke’s one-and-done with the Brewers is exactly what he deserves.

Good riddance.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Why should you care?  Dude already said he doesn’t want NYC. 

And your brethren responded by saying he is too “soft” for the Bronx.

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UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 4 months ago

I don’t care. And I’m fairly confident the Yankees management have no interest in him at all.  I was only voicing my opinion.  It’s unfortunate that you seem so intolerant of someone else’s opinion.  After all it’s not like Greinke is going to take my advice.

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kidsmoke96
3 years 4 months ago

Brewers need Gamel to perform like the stud a lot of us MKE fans think he can be. And staving off ARam’s inevitable decline wouldn’t hurt either.

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BarrelMan
3 years 4 months ago

If Gamel can adjust to the big leagues well, the Crew will be better than most people think