The Atlanta Braves have definite interest in Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, and are willing to trade young arms to acquire him, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
To add to reports of #Braves scouting Greinke. They have definite interest. And as I reported Sat., they are willing to trade young arms.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 3, 2012
Greinke was tied to the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Braves yesterday. The Texas Rangers have also reportedly scouted the 28-year-old, though they’ve said they are just keeping an eye on all the big-name players expected to be available this summer.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last night that Atlanta sent one of its top scouts to watch Greinke’s start against the Miami Marlins. The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over his six innings of work.
While the Braves appear to have interest, it was reported yesterday by O’Brien that they are only likely to become involved if an extension closer to the $15 million per year range can be worked out with Greinke.
The Brewers continue to say they are interested in keeping Greinke and locking him up to a long-term extension, though many analysts around the league still believe there is a good chance he’s pitching for a new team come August 1.
Is there any chance Greinke agrees to an extension with the Brewers?