Greinke: Extension ‘would have been nice’

Zack Greinke had a bad week. First, his agent and the Brewers tabled talks about a contract extension. Then he endured a nightmare of an outing against the Cubs.

Chicago blooped and bounced its way to a six-run third inning on Thursday, and added two more in a fourth inning that included one of the strangest miscues you’ll ever see in the Major Leagues. The result for Milwaukee was an 8-0 loss at Wrigley Field that denied the Brewers’ first-ever four-game sweep of the Cubs.

In the short term, it was a stinging defeat. In the longer term, the news that negotiations had fizzled earlier in the week was the big story. Greinke is heading toward free agency in October.

“It would have been nice, but I thought it might have been a long shot from the beginning,” said Greinke, who will leave future talks to agent Casey Close and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “It’s up to them now.”

With that, the contract portion of the conversation was over. Greinke apologized for not saying more.

He faced a very tall task Thursday against the Cubs’ Matt Garza, who nearly went the distance. For more on the Brewers’ loss to the Cubs, check the full game story on this evening.


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