Zack Greinke Confirms Report That Brewers Made Contract Offer

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 21, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 27: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 27, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers won 8-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Brewers would certainly like to sign talented right-hander Zack Greinke to an extension. Greinke confirmed they made him a lucrative offer on Friday, per the Journal Sentinel.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported early Friday that the Brewers offered Greinke at least $100 million in hopes that he would re-sign with the club.

Greinke added on Friday, per the Journal Sentinel, "I can say Heyman is pretty accurate with what he's saying, but nothing else."

Greinke did not say whether he was happy with the offer, and Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel noted that general manager Doug Melvin had been skeptical a deal would be done before the July 31st trade deadline, but perhaps $100 million or so will change Greinke's mind.

The 28-year-old is in the second year of his contract with the Brewers. After winning 16 games last season, with a 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 201 strikeouts in just over 171.2 innings, Greinke has backed that up in 2012.

This season, Greinke owns a 3.57 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 116 innings, although his WHIP (1.25) and batting average against (.261) have gone up. He currently holds a 9-3 record for the 44-47 Brewers and has arguably been the Brewers' best starting pitcher this season.

Although Greinke's numbers don't compare with those of the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain, a lot of starting pitchers have upped the ante after the Giants closed the deal on Cain's five-year, $112.5 million extension earlier this year. It's also worth noting Greinke's importance in Milwaukee's rotation.

One thing's for sure, the Brewers have made their interest in Greinke known and it could make him a very rich man.

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