Brewers have reportedly offered Zack Greinke a contract worth over $100 million, but he wants to test free agency

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If this report by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is accurate, the Milwaukee Brewers are doing everything in their power to keep Zack Greinke. But sadly, it may not be enough.

According to Heyman, the Brewers have quietly offered a deal in the neighborhood of Matt Cain’s six-years, $127.5 million deal he signed with the Giants in April. Yet, Greinke has yet to sign it. And it seems that Grienke may not sign it because he has his mind set on testing the free agency market.

The Brewers offered star righthanded pitcher Zack Greinke a $100-million-plus, five-year deal sometime within the past few weeks, but there’s nothing yet to indicate he will sign quickly and give up free agency, people familiar with the talks told CBSSports.com.

The quiet Greinke offer, which is said to have come more than a week ago, was said by one person to have been for close to the $112.5-million, five-year extension Matt Cain signed and may have even replicated it (though Cain’s total could be looked at as $127.5 million since he had a year to go at $15 million when he signed the extension this spring). Greinke is expected to hit the free-agent market, which would give him a chance to look around.

Can’t blame Greinke for wanting to look around and see what else is out there. Especially if Cole Hamels is being offered $130 million by the Phillies. He could quite possibly get that type of money too.


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