Zack Greinke Leaves CAA, (Not) Signaling Intention to Request Trade

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 14: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers crouches on the mond against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 14, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick clarifies via email that his tweets were not meant to suggest Greinke might force his way off the team, but merely that his impending dip into free agency following next season makes his current status as agent-less somewhat newsworthy -- but nothing more. Specifically, "...he's not doing this to push for a trade out of Milwaukee or anything close to that."

So we can put this speculation (which was always entirely on my part anyway) to bed, at least for now. Thanks to Jerry for reaching out.

Zack Greinke has left his representative CAA according to Jerry Crasnick and confirmed by the MLBPA, potentially signaling an intention to request a trade out of the reeling Milwaukee Brewers:

Anyone remember the last time he left an agency? Almost exactly one year ago he changed agents and immediately demanded a move out of Kansas City. Here's what we were saying in 2010 (days before KC traded Greinke to the Brewers):

Sorry BrewerFan, it's entirely possible Zack is doing this for spiritual reasons and/or something purely personal, but it's not likely. Agency switches often signal an intention to do something, and it's not usually "let me work for free while your team collapses, right?"

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