NL Central Links: Greinke, Hamilton, Brewers, Pirates

Earlier today we learned that Pirates owner Bob Nutting will not make any changes to the team's front office following the revelations of their military-style prospect training program. Here's the latest from Pittsburgh's division, the NL Central…

  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin recently spoke to Zack Greinke, but said the free agent right-hander "didn't tip hand" according to Jon Heyman of (Twitter). The two just talked baseball.
  • Money is an issue for the Brewers, reports Heyman (on Twitter). Melvin called his team a "very" long shot for Josh Hamilton, saying he'd need the market and bench coach/former Rangers coach Jerry Narron to do some selling.
  • Nutting told Michael Sanserino of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Pirates' payroll will grow organically. He declined to give either a ceiling or floor for next season's payroll, however.

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9 Comments on "NL Central Links: Greinke, Hamilton, Brewers, Pirates"

2 years 9 months ago

Does money growing organically mean that they expect the money to fall off of trees?

tom from st pete florida
2 years 9 months ago

they speak in tongues , apparently. What a joke of an organization they have and continue to put out there. I think the true fans will wise up this year. I am sure they are struggling to sell season ticket packages this year.
This will probably be the worst attendance year in PNC park history. I think the fans are fed up with this guy, and will finally prove it , in 2013.
The only reason i subscribe to the extra inning package was to watch the Pirates. Now that Huntington has been given the green light to provide another year of mediocrity, i will not be a party to it.
Unreal, 2 collapses, of epic proportion, and the same leaders are given a pass for 1 more year, at least.

2 years 9 months ago

Go Brewers.

2 years 9 months ago

no it means arb number of Garret jones, jeff karstens, hammerhan all could be traded. Maybe they sign an extension with Neil Walker not much from the outside. 1 starting pitcher, 1 catcher, seems about that is all we need in FA.

2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know… 2 straight years of 2nd half collapses along with apparent lack of depth and no moves are being made in the front office? I mean, I know making rash moves are not smart, but something has to change somewhere… There’s clearly a problem somewhere in the organization.

2 years 9 months ago

Yes… the problem is the penny pinching owner we have!

Todd Smith
2 years 9 months ago

Also two straight years of continuous improvement. It’s about what should be expected from a very young team. 57 wins to 79 wins in two years, and most of the top draft prospects still haven’t even made their impact in the majors yet? I don’t have a problem with that. I’m not sure what more you expect them to change.

2 years 9 months ago

The Pirates’ front office is not doing enough to make 2nd half runs. This is quite common in teams that can’t win.

2 years 9 months ago

“he’d need the market and bench coach/former Rangers coach Jerry Narron to do some selling” – by selling he literally means selling, like a bake sale or something.