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08:15 AM ET 02.21 | Milwaukee's Zack Greinke did address the media Monday, but he indicated no willingness to discuss the topic on the minds of most Brewers fans: His impending free agency. Assuming he pitches as well or better this coming season than he did in 2011, when he went 16-6 with a 3.83 earned-run average and 201 strikeouts, he's likely to be one of the top targets out there for big-market teams looking to add power arms. ... [He] made it clear it was an issue he wasn't going to be entertaining publicly anymore. "I'm not even going to talk about that, sorry, because I get annoyed when other people talk about it," said Greinke, referring to other players. "I already did earlier. It's the same stuff. Nothing's changed."

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February 21, 2012  08:33 AM ET

im hoping this is the Rangers target at the trading deadline this year.

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February 21, 2012  08:43 AM ET

People talk about this guy as if he's one of the better pitchers in the majors. I don't get it.

Certainly, he had an off-the-chain good 2009 season, but remove that from his career stats and he's got a 4.18 ERA.

He had a 3.83 ERA last year? Big deal. The average starting pitcher in the NL last year had a 3.95 ERA.

I think he's a good pitcher, but is no where near the top.

February 21, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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People talk about this guy as if he's one of the better pitchers in the majors. I don't get it.Certainly, he had an off-the-chain good 2009 season, but remove that from his career stats and he's got a 4.18 ERA.He had a 3.83 ERA last year? Big deal. The average starting pitcher in the NL last year had a 3.95 ERA.I think he's a good pitcher, but is no where near the top.

Completely agree. I wonder who is going to overpay for him.

February 21, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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People talk about this guy as if he's one of the better pitchers in the majors. I don't get it.Certainly, he had an off-the-chain good 2009 season, but remove that from his career stats and he's got a 4.18 ERA.He had a 3.83 ERA last year? Big deal. The average starting pitcher in the NL last year had a 3.95 ERA.I think he's a good pitcher, but is no where near the top.

He *is* that good, but he comes with known baggage. He has major social anxiety disorder. It's a reason he'd prefer not to pitch where he could allegedly maximize his economic return.

The pick-up basketball injury last spring didn't help...

He's one of those enigmatic personalities who needs to be handled with care. The good news is he knows his limitations.

February 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET

By the way... he was the Cy Young Award winner in 2009. That was just after having dealt with some of his personal demons.

February 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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People talk about this guy as if he's one of the better pitchers in the majors. I don't get it.Certainly, he had an off-the-chain good 2009 season, but remove that from his career stats and he's got a 4.18 ERA.He had a 3.83 ERA last year? Big deal. The average starting pitcher in the NL last year had a 3.95 ERA.I think he's a good pitcher, but is no where near the top.

I hope no one gives this guy $100 million.

February 21, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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He *is* that good, but he comes with known baggage. He has major social anxiety disorder. It's a reason he'd prefer not to pitch where he could allegedly maximize his economic return.The pick-up basketball injury last spring didn't help...He's one of those enigmatic personalities who needs to be handled with care. The good news is he knows his limitations.

Blah, blah, blah.

I don't care if he wets his pants in large crowds. The fact is, the Majors are full of pitchers with "amazing stuff" that can't put it together on a consistent basis. Burnett, Johnson and Beckette come to mind.

They may be the most talented pitchers in the history of the universe, but if that talent doesn't translate into consistant, elite performance on the mound, who gives a squirt?

He's not an elite pitcher. Period. I could probably list a couple dozen pitchers I'd take before Zack "I **** thumb" Greinke.

February 21, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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Completely agree. I wonder who is going to overpay for him.

I say the Marlins.

February 21, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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By the way... he was the Cy Young Award winner in 2009.

Oh, thanks. I was unaware of that.

Here's something you're apparently not aware of: in the roughly four hundred innings since then, he's got a 4.02 ERA and 101 ERA+.

For your sake, I hope the Red Sox get him.

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February 21, 2012  09:00 AM ET

More stats for Greinke... In 2009, these were his numbers:

Innings Pitched: 229.1
ERA: 2.16
WHIP: 1.07
WAR: 9.4

February 21, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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More stats for Greinke... In 2009, these were his numbers:Innings Pitched: 229.1ERA: 2.16WHIP: 1.07WAR: 9.4

Steve Stone had one good year and won a Cy Young too. His career numbers are slightly more underwhelming than Grienke's.

February 21, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Steve Stone had one good year and won a Cy Young too. His career numbers are slightly more underwhelming than Grienke's.

Remember when Esteban Loaiza won 21 games?

February 21, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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Remember when Esteban Loaiza won 21 games?

Hahaha. He's on Hoo's list of elite pitchers too.

February 21, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Remember when Esteban Loaiza won 21 games?

I can't help but use a really exagerated Mexican accent when I say "Esteban."

Es-tay-ban. Funny stuff.

February 21, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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I say the Marlins.

Haven't they already designated 2013 as a rebuilding year?

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February 21, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Hahaha. He's on Hoo's list of elite pitchers too.

Nope... I'm checking out the talent in Cleveland. :-P

 
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