ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 29: Zack Greinke #23 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California. Greinke is making his Angels debut. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has not discussed a contract extension with Zack Greinke and does not expect to in the near future, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
"Like I've said before, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. The bridge didn't start yet," Dipoto said Wednesday. "I'm sure it's something we'd like to explore at some point...
"We're going to get to know Zack and we're going to let Zack get to know us, and then we're going to determine if it's a good fit for either party and how we'd like to pursue."
Greinke is in the final year of a four-year, $39 million contract signed prior to his 2009 Cy Young award season. The right-hander is looking at a hefty pay raise in the fall following the massive $120-$130 million contract extensions given to Matt Cain and Cole Hamels this year.
The former Cy Young winner pitched well in his Angels' debut Sunday, giving up two runs and striking out eight in seven innings, but received no run support and took the loss. The 28-year-old owns a 3.39 ERA in 20 starts on the season, striking out exactly a batter per inning in 130 pitched.
Will the Angels be able to retain Greinke in free agency?