The Milwaukee Brewers say they have not yet made a decision on whether to trade right-hander Zack Greinke or any other player.
But two rival executives said Tuesday that the Brewers are preparing to move Greinke if they are unable to sign him long-term before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Greinke, 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
"They're definitely expecting to move him unless something changes and they re-sign him," one rival executive said.
The executive described the Brewers as "very realistic" about their position with Greinke. The San Francisco Giants awarded right-hander Matt Cain a six-year, $127.5 million contract in early April, likely inflating Grienke's value.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin declined comment on the team's negotiations with Greinke, who is represented by Casey Close.
Melvin, however, said the Brewers still "haven't really made a fundamental decision" on whether to trade Greinke or any other player.