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Monkey with a Halo:
My weeks-long experiment in cognitive dissonance relating to the odds of Zack Greinke re-signing with the Angels continues as today I present you with five reasons why the Halos still have a shot at landing the pitcher, despite the discouraging reports to the contrary:
1) Maybe he just likes the Angels better. Much has been made about Zack and his struggles with anxiety and depression. Part of the way he has managed those problems has been by creating comfortable environments for himself. That could mean that he will be selective about the new franchise he joins and what the culture and support system is like there. He already has a degree of comfort with the Halos, albeit not a large one, but at least he is familiar with what they have to offer and how they can accommodate his needs.
2) Maybe the Dodgers are bluffing. Everyone assumes the Dodgers are just going to blow away all offers once it comes to final decision time, but as I expounded upon earlier, they could have done that already and haven't. Maybe they do actually have a budget and/or real concerns about how they can slot Greinke into their already over-capacity rotation. I know they are talking big about landing Zack, but perhaps they are just doing so to try and scare off bidders so that they don't have to make that Godfather offer everyone expects.
3) The Rangers are still very much in play. This is probably just more of my wishful thinking, but the fact that the Rangers are currently the co-favorites to sign Greinke along with the Dodgers suggest that maybe Zack still isn't getting the over-the-top offer everyone expects. Texas, under GM Jon Daniels, has been notoriously reticent to hand out rich, long-term deals. If Greinke's current price is so wildly high that it has supposedly scared off the Halos, it should also have scared off the Rangers too, right?
4) Weird stuff happens. Not to bring up a painful memory, but think back to the Carl Crawford Catastrophe from two Winter Meetings ago. The conventional wisdom was that Crawford was going to end up with the Angels and there wasn't much that could prevent that from happening. The Halos had the money and the roster fit, yet they somehow screwed it up. Who is to say that the Dodgers won't somehow bungle the negotiations? Maybe they will wait to long to make their best offer. Maybe they will refuse to give him a no-trade clause or some other perk that Greinke covets. Maybe they will just say something stupid in their meetings with him. These are meetings are high stakes poker and every once in awhile the pressure gets to a GM and they blow a great hand... just like Tony Reagins did two years ago.
5) Not everyone is all about money. Let's be honest, the four reasons above are all derivative of this one. The assumption has always been that Greinke will go to the highest bidder because, well, that's what most players do. The key word their is "most." Guys like Cliff Lee and Jered Weaver have spurned bigger money to go be on a team that they just know is right for them Greinke is definitely a different kind of cat, so he sure seems like a candidate to make a similar decision if all the contracts are at least in the same ballpark. Or maybe not, because maybe he isn't as weird as everyone wants us to think.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
Yesterday it was reported that the Dodgers are...
The LA Dodgers have blank check capabilities and the best free agent of the year in Zack Greinke within their reach. But is making contact the best move?The post Money, Cash, Throws: Zack Greinke And Big Dodger Dollars appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Well that was an exciting yet ultimately disappointing Winter Meetings, wasn't it? Sure the Angels made a few moves and more or less locked in their roster for the season, but they kind of forgot to bring in that one big piece that was going to make it all worthwhile, that would be a Mr. Zack Greinke.
Maybe I'm being presumptive, but with the money and roster spot they...
"Maybe it works out better that the deal [with Washington] didn’t go
through. In two years I might be a free agent, and then they get to
keep the players [who would have been] in the trade. And some of those
guys could end up being key players for them."(Zack Greinke, via Washington Post, 3/22/2011)
And so, here we are two years after Zack Greinke snubbed...
There is a growing sense in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization
that free agent right-hander Zack Greinke is going to wind up signing with the
Texas Rangers, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
Growing feeling among #Dodgers people that Greinke may wind up w/ #Rangers. Reasoning: If he really wanted LA, could have signed by now
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 6, 2012...
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
Credit: The LFP
The Zack Greinke saga is the story of the Winter Meetings, not only because he’s the top free agent out there, but also because he’s holding up the deals of other free agents as they’re all waiting on him.
Whatever he decides, it figures to be at least borderline historical, as Jon Heyman notes.
Strong belief by people close to situation is greinke can beat...
The final day of the Winter Meetings are upon us and with that comes this VERY IMPORTANT update on the Angels...
...the Angels have (drum roll, please) not done a damn thing.
Yep, nothing. Not one move. They haven't signed Greinke or any other starting pitcher. They haven't even brought in a semi-anonymous middle reliever to fill out the bullpen. They...
The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins salary dump.
Thats about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland think sprawling...
The December 3rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reaction to the Hanson-Walden trade, Angels lose out on Fujikawa, Greinke meeting with teams and much more...
The Story: The Tommy Hanson trade is unikely to pay off for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: So says Keith Law and most baseball people. The word seems to be out that Hanson...
Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and Justin Upton are three pieces of three monster deals that could be on verge of either getting done at any moment, or fall apart at the last minute.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of other players, serviceable players that are available that no one talks about.
Look at Randy Choate for example. According to Jon Morosi’s...
The goals of Texas and Arizona are driving talk of three- and
four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings ? and also might shed
light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents,
right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...