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« on: June 13, 2019, 10:57:03 am »

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly prepared to "reduce the financial burden" on teams looking to trade for starting pitcher Zack Greinke.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Monday that the Diamondbacks are in a "transition" with Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock due for free agency. Greinke andPaul Goldschmidt may be available in trade discussions to help expedite that process.Greinke , 35, went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.08 WHIP last season. He will make $34.5 million in 2019, along with $35 million salaries in 2020 and 2021. It's unclear how much of the contract the Diamondbacks would be willing to eat in trade negotiations.Teams may wind up waiting to see where Corbin signs before pursuing Greinke, who is older and will cost prospects.Dallas Keuchel is also a free agent and should see numerous bidders across the league.A team like the New York Yankees could focus on landing Corbin or Keuchel before making a move for a Greinke or Corey Kluber, the other major pitching name expected to be bandied about on the trade market this winter. The Yankees are one of only a select few teams that have the combination of young players the D-backs may want and the financial wherewithalto absorb most of Greinke's contract. They are also expected to be major players in the pitching acquisition market.A need to improve their staff, whose starters put up a middling 4.05 ERA in 2018 (second-worst among playoff teams), could force their hand if they miss out on the big-name free agents, or the Yankees could land a free-agent arm and pull off a blockbuster trade.Greinke has been among the most consistent pitchers in baseball throughouthis career. He has recorded at least two wins above replacement every year since 2007, per FanGraphs. Erik Kratz leads the Brewers offense with three hits and a homer"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Brewers Rumors and SpeculationConversation StartersWPA Game RecapsTransactionsLatest NewsWPA Game RecapsBrewers beat Diamondbacks 5-4 , Jeffress exits game after just three pitchesNew,57commentsErik Kratz leads the Brewers offense with three hits and a homerCSTShareTweetShareShareBrewers beat Diamondbacks 5-4, Jeffress exits game after just three pitchesBenny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsMilwaukee hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second time this spring. Jhoulys Chacin was the initial out getter for the Brewers and Robbie Ray took the ball for the Diamondbacks. Arizona opened the scoring in the top of the second as Steven Souza Jr. just cleared the centerfield wall for a home run. The Brewers’ backup to the backup catcher, Erik Kratz, hit his own solo shot in the bottom of the second to tie it 1-1.Chacin pitched well giving up the one run in three innings. After delaying his debut by a few days because of shoulder tightness, Jeremy Jeffress took the mound for the Brew Crew in the fourth. He pitched Eduardo Escobar to an 0-2 count when Travis Shaw and Manny Pina went to the mound to see if he was okay. Manager, Craig Counsell, and the Brewers’ trainer, Scott Barringer , followed from the dugout. Jeffress then exited the game, supposedly for precautionary purposes as he was still having shoulder soreness.The 5’6” Clayton Andrews took over for Jeffress. Escobar punched a single into shallow left field. David Peralta followed that with a double into the left field gap, scoring Escobar, making the score 2-1. Robbie Ray pitched well for the first 3 2? innings, striking out eight, but he ran into trouble in the fourth. With two outs in the inning, Manny Pina doubled into the left field corner. Eric Thames followed with a mammoth blast over the right field crosswalk. That made the score 3-2 and chased Robbie Ray from the game.Corey Knebel covered the fifth inning in a very effective manner. Josh Hader took over the sixth. On one pitch to David Peralta, the pitch was virtually in the glove before he swung the bat. Harder subsequently wiped out the All-Star outfielder with a devastating slider. After striking out Souza to end the sixth, Hader-aid faced six batters thus far in Spring Teaining action. In all six cases Andrew Chafin Jersey , the hitter struck out. Travis Shaw opened the bottom of the sixth with a single. Nate Orf replaced Shaw as a pitch runner. Eric Thames singled Orf to third and was, himself, replaced by pitch runner, Lucas Erceg. Eric Kratz got his third hit of the day on an infield single, scoring Orf, making it 4-2.Jacob Barnes pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Burch Smith struggled through the eighth. He walked Juniel Querecuto. Yasmany Tomas lined a double down the right field line, plating Querecuto. Andrew Alpin then tied the game with a single to right.Nate Orf got the bottom of the eighth going with a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw from the catcher. Lucas Erceg scored Orf with a single to left field, breaking the tie. Adrian Houser handled the save Alex Avila Jersey , and the Brew Crew won, 5-4.The Brewers, now 5-7 in the Cactus League, play tomorrow against the White Sox at 2:05 CST at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. The game will be televised on CWS TV and on the radio via WGN. Zach Davies is scheduled to start against Carlos Rodon.