Greinke Plans To Hire An Agent After Season

THURSDAY: Greinke will hire an agent if he reaches free agency next winter, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.  The right-hander is open to discussing a long-term deal with the Brewers on his own.  Michael Weiner of the MLBPA told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio that he's not concerned that Greinke doesn't have an agent (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY: Zack Greinke plans to hire an agent, ESPN's Jim Bowden learned after talking with the Brewers righty on Sunday.  Greinke, one of the biggest names eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, has been without an agent for several months after leaving CAA.  According to Bowden, Greinke is expected to consider hiring Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA, Casey Close of Excel Sports Management, Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, and Seth Levinson of ACES.  With a potential $100MM contract on the way, competition will be fierce to represent Greinke.

In February, Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Bowden he and owner Mark Attanasio plan to discussion an extension with Greinke this spring.


25 Responses to Greinke Plans To Hire An Agent After Season Leave a Reply

  1. I would have loved to been a fly on the wall during negotiations if Greinke hadn’t hired one.  He has the best sound bites in the business.  He sounds like a 7 year old boy

    • ThePaulCrew 3 years ago

      You mean he sounds like a human being, right? Not like he is being force-fed lines by some PR firm. Greinke is awesome and his openness and honesty are a huge part of that. You may call him a 7-year-old boy but I’ll take that over a sound bite full of cliches any day.

      • redsx968 3 years ago

        America!

      • Scott Singer 3 years ago

        Well, y’know, when we’re winning it’s fun. Y’know, we just try to come out and play hard, y’know. It’s good, y’know. 
        – Prince Fielder

  2. Fizzzay 3 years ago

    Sounds like the Brewers blew the chance to get him a little cheaper.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      not really. guy’s just as likely to overvalue his skills as he is to undervalue them.

      Unless his agent is announced as Scott Boras. Then, you’ll be entirely right.

  3. cubsfan97 3 years ago

    Calling Scott boras, calling Scott boras!

  4. Kevin Swords 3 years ago

    There is a lot that goes into player/contract negotiations. Perhaps it was just too much for him to want to deal with right now, especially with the upcoming season.  His new agent will deal with the money, he will concentrate on baseball (of which would be beneficial to him entering a walk year) . The Brewers can still lock him up, they will just be dealing with someone who negotiates contracts for a living now. 

  5. pmollan 3 years ago

    My feeling is this means he’s ready to extend with the Crew.  He said earlier that he wasn’t hiring a 10%er because “there is no need”.  I guess there now is a need…

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      This was my immediate thought, he said he was just kind of having fun looking at the other side of baseball by playing his own agent in some vague extension talks with Melvin earlier this spring–if Greinke and the Brewers were not getting serious about an extension he just wouldn’t hire an agent until after this season.

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      This was my immediate thought, he said he was just kind of having fun looking at the other side of baseball by playing his own agent in some vague extension talks with Melvin earlier this spring–if Greinke and the Brewers were not getting serious about an extension he just wouldn’t hire an agent until after this season.

  6. Steve 3 years ago

    I think hiring an agent is smart. Not saying grienke is smart I have no evidence either way. This contracts are complicated so it seems logical to hire someone familiar with both negotiations and contract law.

  7. Otis26 3 years ago

    I’ve heard from inside sources that his agent will be Dr. Phil.

  8. Karkat 3 years ago

    I’m not sure I’d want my ace pitcher personally bogged down with contract negotiations during the season. Brewers would be smart to get this done now.

  9. HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

    Wow this “Will Greinke hire an agent/ Greinke his own agent” stuff is getting a lot more hype than I would expect. 

    You can definetely tell baseball season almost here.

  10. TophersReds 3 years ago

    He would be a total BA if he negotiated his own extension, haha. I wonder what it would say to the rest of the players if he got himself a good contract, along with pocketing the money that an agent would normally take.

  11. Dick Best 3 years ago

    If he can’t come to an agreement with the Brew Crew, then he needs to hire an agent AFTER the season because then there are more teams in the mix and then it’s a big hassle negotiating his own deal. I’m pretty sure based on what I’ve read (here) that 5/80 is about right. If they come to one of those “in principal” deals, he hires a big shot lawyer for a few grand to work out the legal stuff (i’s and t’s) then he gets to keep all his money (i.e. he doesn’t have to pay an agent 8M)

  12. SunsetStripper 3 years ago

    Melvin needs to get this done now.  If Greinke hits the open market, he’s gone.  Give him 6/100

  13. Dave Andres 3 years ago

    He does not even need a agent , He can get a 100 mil contract by himself no problem and cut out the greasy middle man

  14. SpeedS28 3 years ago

    I hope he resigns, I want to buy an authentic Greinke Brewers jersey. 

  15. Karkat 3 years ago

     “Should I go back in fix that to say ‘one of your star pitchers’?” he thought. “Nah, surely no one will split hairs there.”

    Anyway, I just mean I wouldn’t want my pitcher worrying about negotiating his own contract while he’s on the mound.

  16. Karkat 3 years ago

     “Should I go back in fix that to say ‘one of your star pitchers’?” he thought. “Nah, surely no one will split hairs there.”

    Anyway, I just mean I wouldn’t want my pitcher worrying about negotiating his own contract while he’s on the mound.

  17. Dick Best 3 years ago

     right, on a 5/80 deal he saves 8M

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