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Rarely do teams sign back potential free agents that they trade at the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
The player, even if moved for financial reasons, usually feels a tinge of rejection. The previous collective-bargaining agreement offered a disincentive for clubs that considered trading and re-signing a Type-A free agent — the loss of a draft pick.
The new draft-pick compensation rules, however, make the trade-and-re-sign possibility more appealing.
Compensation, remember, applies only to players who remain with their teams for an entire season. Traded players, on the other hand, can be signed without restriction.
So, let’s say the Brewers wanted to trade right-hander Zack Greinke. They could sign him back without losing a draft pick, and Greinke — who is 15-0 with a 2.47 ERA lifetime at Miller Park — probably would be open to the idea.
Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin might be an even better example. The team’s next owner will not be identified before August, major league sources say. The front office, then, is unlikely to know its chances of re-signing Quentin before July 31.
The Padres, then, could trade Quentin and later pursue him in free agency if their new ownership provides the necessary bump in payroll. Quentin, a local product who is revered in San Diego, surely would consider staying home.
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After just one batter on Tuesday night, Zack Greinke's return to Kauffman Stadium -- the waterfall-laden ballpark that started his career -- wasn't quite going exactly as he would've hoped.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon had extended the game's very first count to 3-2 when Greinke's next pitch hit Gordon's bat right on the barrel. The sound of the bat gave...
Zack Greinke returned to Kansas City last night in the Brewers 2-1 loss to the Royals. Greinke doesn't talk to the press much except on days he pitches. Lucky for us, he pitched last night—giving us the chance to see this fantastic interview.
Q: Any special meaning with the haircut today or was it just time?
A: Nah, [it was my] haircut guy from back in the day. He...
Carlos Quentin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The New York Yankees are rolling.
Winning their fifth game in a row by beating the Braves for the second night with a score of 6-4.
Skipper Joe Girardi and crew deserve the recognition here for guiding this team through all the adversity and injuries.
So now that we all know the Yankees can still win, what will GM Brian Cashman due to insure...
The Milwaukee Brewers are currently in Kansas City for a three-game series with the Royals. Along with this comes Zack Greinke’s return to Kauffman Stadium. Greinke, the former Cy Young winner, was drafted by the Royals out of high school in 2002. He went on to play his first six seasons in Kansas City, notably [...]
Zack Greinke hasn't pitched as consistently on the road as he has at home, but his next road start isn't in unfamiliar territory.
Greinke faces his former team for the first time Tuesday night when the Milwaukee Brewers visit the Kansas City Royals.
Milwaukee traded for Greinke (7-2, 3.13 ERA), the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, prior to the 2011 season. He was 60-67 with...
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The sale of the San Diego Padres is gaining momentum.
Three bidders remain, and Padres owner John Moores expects to select a buyer between Wednesday and Friday of next week, according to a source close to the sales process.
A group led by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley is one of the finalists, and the other two bidders also are from southern California, the source said...