View Full Version : Royals, Greinke agree to four-year extension

Big R
01-26-2009, 03:40 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals agreed Monday to a four-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing next month.

Greinke went 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City last season, setting career highs in strikeouts (183) and innings (202 1/3). His 3.47 ERA was the best by a Royals starter in 11 years.

After earning $1,475,000 last season, Greinke had asked for $4.4 million when he exchanged proposed arbitration salaries with the Royals last week. The team offered $3.4 million.

He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.

Often moody and uncommunicative early in his career, Greinke left Kansas City's spring training camp in 2006 and returned to his home in Orlando, Fla. The Royals had been worried for more than a year that the pitcher, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, might quit baseball.

Since finishing treatment for social anxiety late in the 2006 season, Greinke has steadily improved his on-field performance and admitted baseball had become fun for him.

Kansas City has three more players scheduled for arbitration hearings: outfielder-infielder Mark Teahen, first baseman Mike Jacobs and right-hander Brian Bannister.


01-26-2009, 07:52 PM
Good job locking up Greinke, nice contract too. Hopefully he maintains his productivity from last year. A consistence source of 200 innings is what this team has lacked for years. Him and Meche give the Royals a solid 1-2 punch to work off of

01-27-2009, 09:38 AM
Nice that makes me feel a lot better

01-27-2009, 10:48 AM
Must not be many Roayals fans out there. I figured this cite would be jumping w/joy. If you don't like Grienke we'll take him in Atlanta.:)

01-27-2009, 01:36 PM
This is big...and our minor leagues are loaded. I'm the one who's been yapping about signing Orlando Cabrera, but the Royals are going to try Teahan at second, so...LET"S PLAY BALL!!!!