Zack Greinke won’t even miss any time despite an injury scare in his last start.
Greinke departed his start against the Pirates on Wednesday in the eighth inning after feeling something in his abdomen. He underwent an MRI that came up clean, and the Arizona Diamondbacks said Greinke would throw a bullpen session on Saturday to determine his status.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the bullpen went well and that Greinke will make his start on Tuesday.
This is big for Arizona, which is expecting to be without pitcher Taijuan Walker for at least six weeks. Greinke has been their best pitcher all season and one of the best in the league. He is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, and Arizona is 7-3 in the games he’s started this season. He’s allowed just five runs over his last six starts.
The injury news on Zack Greinke is positive.
An MRI on Greinke’s abdomen came back clean and he is only expected to miss two starts at the most, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Greinke removed himself from a start on Wednesday in the eighth inning of a shutout due to the injury. He ended up getting the win in the game, but the Diamondbacks were concerned about his status.
The 35-year-old is in his fourth season with Arizona since signing a 6-year, $206.5 million deal and is in the middle of his best season with them. He is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
Arizona, which entered Friday 24-20 and second in the NL West, just put Taijuan Walker on the injured list, so their pitching would be thin for a week if they also need to put Greinke on the IL.
Zack Greinke threw six innings in a win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but what he did at the plate was far more impressive than his performance on the mound. You would never have known that by the way his teammates reacted.
In addition to striking out 10 batters, Greinke belted two home runs. The first was a three-run shot that gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-2 lead in the fourth, and they never trailed after that. Following the first homer, Greinke’s teammates gave him the silent treatment in the dugout. He shared some funny thoughts on that after the win.
Greinke is generally a quiet guy who has been open in the past about having a social anxiety disorder, so he was probably trying to make light of that. While he’s not known for having a big personality and speaking up much, we know he has come out with some pretty funny stuff in the past.
While Greinke has eight homers in his career, he is the first pitcher aged 35 or older to hit two home runs in a game since 1957. That’s a feat worth bragging about.
The MLB Winter Meetings are just around the corner, and the expectation is that they’ll be busy. In addition to the obvious — both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are free agents who could sign during the meetings — there are also likely to be a whole host of names potentially available via trade. In the past, the Winter Meetings have been the site of some real blockbuster deals, and 2018 may be no different.
But who may move? Here are ten names who could change teams during the Winter Meetings.
10) Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Puig remains a good player, flaws and all, but a rather expensive one. He’s also not exactly a vital piece to the Dodgers at this point — he has a lot of use, but the team has a lot of outfielders hanging around. Ultimately, there are a lot of reasons Puig makes sense as a trade chip, potentially for a bigger piece. While it’s pure speculation, there has been a lot of conjecture over how much sense a potential swap of Puig for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer would make.
The Diamondbacks have been having some trouble finding a potential trade partner for Zack Greinke this offseason, and that mainly has to do with his massive contract. However, the pitcher’s extensive no-trade list probably doesn’t help.
Greinke is 35 and still owed nearly $105 million over the next three seasons, and Zach Buchanan of The Athletic noted this week that many of the teams that would be able and might be willing to take on the right-hander’s contract — the Red Sox, Yankees, Cardinals, and Phillies — are one his no-trade list. According to Buchanan, the deal Greinke signed with Arizona has a no-trade clause that includes these 15 teams:
Many of the biggest spenders and teams with the highest payrolls in baseball are on that list. That doesn’t necessarily mean a trade with those teams would be impossible for the Diamondbacks, but Greinke would have the final say over whether or not it is completed.
Greinke is coming off another quality season in which he went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA over 207.2 innings, so there should be interest in him from contenders. However, we have already heard estimates of how much money Arizona may have to eat to trade him, and the no-trade clause could be another major obstacle standing in the way of a deal.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to trade Zack Greinke and apparently trying pretty hard to do so.
Arizona is “extensively shopping” Greinke, according to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Nightengale reported last month that the Diamondbacks were looking to trade everyone on their team, including Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt.
The big challenge Arizona faces in trying to trade Greinke is the money he is owed. Greinke is due nearly $105 million over the next three seasons. There is speculation that Arizona might have to pay about a third of the money Greinke is owed in order to find a taker.
The 35-year-old pitcher went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA over 207.2 innings in 2018. He’s 45-25 with a 3.53 ERA over three seasons with Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are open to trading their star players this offseason as they look to rebuild following a disappointing 2018 season, but they may have a tough time unloading their ace.
Zack Greinke would, in theory, be one of the players on the Diamondbacks’ roster that teams are most interested in. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred sports reports that Arizona would have to eat a significant portion of the $105 million remaining on Greinke’s contract if they want to trade the right-hander.
One executive estimates that the D-Backs would have to pay down roughly one-third — or around $30 million — of Greinke’s deal. Arizona could argue that the deal is not that unreasonable since Clayton Kershaw just signed an extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will pay him $93 million over the next three years, but Greinke is 35 and Kershaw is 30.
Greinke went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA in 2018, so he is still pitching at a high level. He also made 33 starts this season and 32 in 2017, which would make it easy for the Diamondbacks to market him as a durable, front-of-the-rotation starter.
While Arizona will probably receive plenty of interest in Greinke, they may have an easier time trading another one of their star players.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to rebuild after a disappointing season in 2018, and that apparently means they are willing to trade away their biggest stars this winter.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the D-Backs will put “virtually everyone” on the trade block this offseason. While it makes sense that they would want to trade starting pitcher Zack Greinke and the more than $30 million per season he is owed through 2021, Nightengale notes that Arizona will also entertain offers for Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt is Arizona’s best player, as he has appeared in 155 or more games in each of the past four seasons and averaged around 32 home runs and 100 RBI during that span. The first baseman hits in the neighborhood of .300 every year and is one of the Diamondbacks’ most popular players, so trading him may irritate some of the team’s fanbase.
The D-Backs did the admirable thing by not laying down late in the season and impacting the playoff race, but they clearly feel they are heading in the wrong direction after they won just 82 games this year. Starting fresh makes sense if they don’t believe they have the pieces to contend.
The races for the Cy Young Award in both leagues certainly look likely to provide intrigue as we head toward the end of the season. There’s a good argument to be made that each league features a clear favorite right now, but there’s competition behind them very much within striking distance. A few good or bad starts could change things quite a bit.
Here are the current top five candidates for Cy Young in each league.
5) Luis Severino, Yankees
A month ago, Severino might have been the favorite here, but things have gotten rough for him in August and may have cost him any shot at the award. His numbers are still fine, but his ERA has risen to 3.28 after sitting at 1.98 following his defeat of the Red Sox on July 1. Severino has still been the best pitcher on an often battered Yankee staff, and that could score him some points in voting despite his midseason swoon. His 16 wins in a big market will also help his case.
Zack Grienke is not known as a guy who minces words, and that was true when he talked about the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks ace made his feelings quite clear about the event, and said he wasn’t all that interested in staying for the duration.
Greinke is famous for his brutal honesty. You wouldn’t expect any less of him here.
Greinke’s comments also highlight a very real issue with the Home Run Derby. Though the addition of a clock has mitigated it somewhat, it’s an event that has lost some of its luster because of the lack of star participation and the length as a whole. Recent iterations have been better, but a lot of fans still tune out for the same reasons Greinke is.