Roenicke: Decisions loom on Greinke, direction of franchise

Brewers officials met briefly with right-hander Zack Greinke on Sunday to address the trade rumors that have already begun to swirl around the free agent to be. A day later, manager Ron Roenicke made one thing clear: The Brewers are not resigned to dealing Greinke for prospects ahead of the July 31 nonwaiver Trade Deadline.

“We are hopeful that we will bring him back,” Roenicke said, “whether it’s right now, whether it’s after the season. There’s a lot of possibilities with him coming back.

“He likes it here, he does. Now, there’s going to be a lot of interest in him, obviously. He’s a good pitcher. And I think he would like to know, kind of, what’s out there for him. You can’t blame a guy for that. The nice thing for us is we know that he does like it here.”

Roenicke is convinced that Greinke won’t be bothered by trade rumors.

“He’s really focused on what he has to do, and unlike a lot of players, he is really in tune with what a club is thinking,” Roenicke said. “He understands things. You guys know he was interested in the Draft and what goes on there. He’s also interested in what goes on before the Trade Deadline, and why players are traded. He understands both ends of it. He understands why clubs need to make moves to make sure they’re OK the year after and the year after that. Because of that, whatever happens, I think he’ll be fine.”

It was quite a morning of meetings.

Before sitting down with Greinke, Roenicke had an early morning “state of the franchise” discussion with principal owner Mark Attanasio, general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash.

They discussed ways to potentially improve the team in addition to the alternative, which Roenicke described as, “looking at what’s going to happen if things don’t go well.”

Call it hoping for the best but planning for everything else.

“We’re still hopeful that this thing is going to happen,” Roenicke said. “We’re seven games out, and in the division we’re in, we still feel that if we put together a good run that we’ll have a chance to get back in this. You guys know — I don’t like to look at our schedule and what’s coming up. But when you have a conversation with Doug, he’s got it figured out where we need to make a run. And he’s right.”

That time comes immediately after the All-Star break, when the Brewers play consecutive series against each of the three teams they trail in the National League Central — the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. The first two series are at Miller Park.

“Somewhere in that time period, we need to do something,” Roenicke said.

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