MILWAUKEE The exact dollar figure and number of years hasn't yet been decided, but this much is clear about pitcher Zack Greinke's future contract status: The man is going to be compensated handsomely soon enough.
Whether his demands exceed the Milwaukee Brewers' means is unknown, although general manager Doug Melvin remains optimistic about the team retaining one of its cornerstone starters.
"I talked to his agent yesterday," Melvin said before Milwaukee's Opening Day loss against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. "We'll just talk again on Monday. There's no timeline on it. I know from a player's standpoint, sometimes players may say they want to focus on the season. That's fine. I respect that. It doesn't mean that the GM and the agent won't talk behind the scenes."
Can the Brewers afford a new deal for Greinke? That's the million-dollar question. Make that the 100 million question.
Though Greinke hasn't discussed a contract extension with the media, he recently hired Casey ...