Zack Greinke Rumors: RHP Expected to Reach Free Agency

HOUSTON,TX- JULY 08: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning on July 8, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Brewers have offered right-hander Zack Greinke a $100 million-plus, five-year deal "sometime within the past few weeks," but it appears the 28-year-old will hit the free agent market this off-season, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

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.

Heyman reports that the Brewers offer to Greinke came over a week ago and was said by one person to be close to the $112.5 million, five-year extension right-hander Matt Cain signed with the San Francisco Giants this April.

If the Brewers believe Greinke is planning to test the free agent market and don’t feel they will be able to provide him with the type of deal he covets, they could look to trade him before the end of the month so as not to lose him for nothing.

Heyman notes that the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and others are expected to be interested in Greinke this summer. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports adds that the Detroit Tigers aren’t "serious players in the market" for Greinke.

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