Zack Greinke will definitely be traded before the July 31 deadline, says the Brewers general manager. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Zack Greinke will definitely be traded in the next couple of days, according to a report on Thursday afternoon from Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports:
Milwaukee Brewers ace Zack Greinke will definitely be traded before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told USA TODAY Sports.
Melvin said in Thursday's phone interview that the Brewers haven't had contract negotiations with the pitcher since spring training. The decision to trade him was made after the team failed to win a game in their last road trip:
"There are so many good things about him, it's going to be difficult when we trade him.''
Greinke is currently 9-3 with 3.44 ERA. As Nightengale points out, he is on pace for a third season of winning 16 games with 200 or more strikeouts. Matt Cain, the San Francisco Giants pitcher who threw a perfect game earlier this season, signed a six-year, $127 million extension with the team but even he hasn't seen that level of success that Greinke is currently riding.
Earlier in July, Greinke reportedly turned down a five-year, $100 million offer from the Brewers, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Nightengale reported that the Atlanta Braves believe they're the frontrunners to land Greinke, as they feel confident they could retain him since he lives in Florida. Other teams believed to be in the race for Greinke are the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.
The Brewers are currently 44-53 and almost 14 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.