Greinke mum on Cain comparison

Zack Greinke had no trouble giving an honest assessment of the “meatballs” he threw at the Chicago White Sox on Monday. But when the questions turned off-the-field, to the competitor with the big, new contract, he got quiet.

The topic was Matt Cain, who agreed to a five-year extension with the Giants on Monday that makes Cain the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in baseball history. It almost certainly has bearing on the Brewers’ talks with Greinke, though Greinke wouldn’t say so.

“We’ll see,” he said with a smile.

The Major League Baseball Players Association confirmed Monday morning that Greinke still has not registered an agent. That means he is speaking on his own behalf, though since March 18 he has deflected questions about business. Greinke told the team’s three regular beat reporters on Monday that, “Business stuff, I don’t feel is important for you guys to know until it actually comes out.”

Greinke also declined to say whether he was open to continuing discussions past Friday, when Yovani Gallardo starts the Brewers’ regular season opener against the Cardinals. Greinke pitches the next day opposite Adam Wainwright.

Of Cain, Greinke said, “Obviously, he’s really good. I can’t really get into if I think I compare to him or I don’t think I compare to him. That’s more business stuff I don’t feel like giving y’all my opinion on.”

He was more willing to talk about what happened on the field, and it was quite entertaining. Check out the site in a bit for the full story.

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