Posted July 14, 2012

Report: Brewers willing to offer Zack Greinke close to $100 million extension

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Zack Greinke

Greinke may have to take less money if he wants to stay in Milwaukee. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A person familiar with the Milwaukee Brewers’ thinking tells Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the Brewers are willing to offer close to $100 million over five years to free-agent-to-be righthander Zack Greinke. But Heyman also says that people close to the team hold little hope that Greinke will sign an extension with the Brewers during the season and pass up free agency.

Heyman points out that Milwaukee offered both C.C. Sabathia and Prince Fielder deals worth about $20 million per year and signed Ryan Braun to a similar extension, so that number evidently represents the Brewers’ upper limit.

Heyman says that Greinke can probably do better than the five-year, $112.5 million extension that Matt Cain got from the San Francisco Giants, so Milwaukee may need to stretch a bit if it hopes to retain Greinke. If the Brewers ultimately decide to move him, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers are among teams that have inquired about Greinke.