CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
The Milwaukee Brewers are telling teams interested in right-handed starter Zack Greinke that he is "not yet" available, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. However, Cafardo believes Greinke will be available as soon as the Brewers "hear the right offer."
One of the more interesting storylines as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches has been if expected contenders such as the Philadelphia Phillies and Brewers would turn into sellers this summer. After losing their third straight game last night, the Brewers have fallen to an overall record of 33-40, placing them 7 ½ games behind the National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds.
For this reason, and because of Greinke’s contract status, many believe the Brewers will consider trading their ace this summer. Greinke is earning $13.5 million this season and is eligible to hit the free agent market this winter. Milwaukee has expressed interest in re-signing the 28-year-old, but they may ultimately decide to get what they can for him.
Over his 15 starts this season, Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.177 WHIP. The right-hander has struck out 99 batters over his 96 innings of work while maintaining 2.0 BB/9.