Falling 2 wins and 15 losses, 41 years old next year… Granky will not retire, Ryu Hyun-jin may go to Kansas City ↓

Zack Greinke (40), who turns 41 next year, is not retiring. Despite a 2-15 record and a 5.06 ERA this year, he’ll still be pitching next year. If he stays with the Kansas City Royals, that means one less destination for Hyun-jin Ryu (36).

“Greinke’s representatives have told major league teams that Greinke is ready to pitch in 2024 and is open to contract talks,” MLB Network reporter John Morosi said on Wednesday (Nov. 13).헤라카지노

Greinke is one of Major League Baseball’s premier pitchers. After making his debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2004, he has spent his entire 20-year major league career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros and Kansas City, compiling a record of 225-156-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 2979 strikeouts in 586 games (541 starts, 3389⅓ innings).

Ranked first in career innings pitched, second in wins, and third in strikeouts among active pitchers, Greinke won the 2009 American League (AL) Cy Young Award and is a six-time All-Star, two-time ERA leader, six-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger. He’s also been a two-time big-time free agent, signing a six-year, $147 million deal with the Dodgers in December 2012 (with an opt-out after three years) and a six-year, $26.5 million deal with Arizona in December 2015.

Gronkowski, who returns to his hometown team Kansas City in 2022, had a career-low performance this year. In 30 games (27 starts-142⅓ innings), he went 2-15 with a 5.06 ERA and 97 strikeouts. The sub-5 ERA was his highest since 2005 (5.80), his sophomore year. His average velocity on his four-seam fastball dropped to 89.5 mph (144.0 km/h), and he struggled with shoulder tendinitis and elbow soreness that landed him on the disabled list twice.

The possibility of retirement was raised, but Greinke mulled it over and ultimately decided to extend his career. He has accomplished almost everything in his career except winning a World Series, but he still has some regrets. He’s 21 strikeouts shy of 3,000 for his career.

The question now is which team and what kind of contract Greinke will sign. The last two years, he signed with Kansas City for $13 million and $8.5 million, respectively. It’s been a long time coming, and his performance hasn’t been what it used to be, so he should accept a lower deal.

Most likely, he will finish his career in his hometown of Kansas City. The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins made similar offers for him to return to Kansas City in 2022, but he declined. Kansas City bolstered its starting rotation by agreeing to a three-year, $45 million deal with free agent pitcher Seth Lugo on July 13, but still needs one or two more starters to pair with Cole Reagans, Brady Singer, and Jordan Lyles.

Kansas City has been rumored to be a destination for another free agent pitcher, Hyun-jin Ryu. “The Athletic” columnist Jim Borden projected Ryu’s one-year, $8 million contract to go to Kansas City on March 29. ‘Kansas City acquired Aroldis Chapman this year and then sent him to the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline, and it was a pretty good investment,’ said Borden, a former Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds general manager.

Chapman, a one-year, $3.75 million free agent bullpen signing, has rebounded in Kansas City, increasing his trade value. When Reagans, the pitching prospect acquired in exchange for Chapman, came to Kansas City and went 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 games (71⅔ innings), it gave Kansas City momentum in its rebuild. The idea was that while the team was rebuilding, they would keep an eye on Ryu as a short-term free agent signing that could keep the team competitive and serve as a trade chip in the future.

But after signing Lugo, as well as relievers Will Smith (one year, $5 million) and Chris Stranton (one plus one year, $8 million), Kansas City spent an average of $23.5 million per year on three pitchers. With general manager J.J. Piccolo citing $30 million per year as the amount of money he can spend this offseason, the Royals don’t have the luxury of meeting Ryu’s $10 million per year asking price to stay in the majors. If Greinke stays, Ryu’s chances of coming to Kansas City are even lower.

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