Angels to bide time in contract talks with Greinke

Angels to bide time in contract talks with Greinke

Angels to bide time in contract talks with Greinke
ARLINGTON -- The Angels would like nothing more than to sign newly acquired starter Zack Greinke to a contract extension, rather than losing him to free agency over the offseason. But as of Wednesday, general manager Jerry Dipoto hadn't tendered any sort of offer to Greinke's agent, Casey Close.

For now, they just want to enjoy what they have.

"For us to think too far ahead at this point would be getting too far ahead of ourselves, rather than just allowing the cart to rest in back of the horse and watch this for a while," Dipoto said. "We feel like Zack's going to make a tremendous impact, and we'll cross the bridge of pending free agency and where we go from there when we reach it."

Dipoto wouldn't specify as to whether they would wait until the offseason to begin those talks, but reports have indicated the Angels were one of Greinke's preferred destinations, along with the Braves and Cardinals.

This offseason, the Angels will have money coming off the books with Bobby Abreu (playing for the Dodgers but still owed $9 million by the Angels this season) and Torii Hunter (making $18 million in 2012) being free agents. They can also free up money by declining the 2013 team options for Dan Haren ($15.5 million) and/or Ervin Santana ($13 million).

Greinke reportedly turned down a five-year contract extension worth in excess of $100 million from the Brewers, meaning he could cost something between the six-year, $112.5 million deal Matt Cain now has with the Giants and the six-year, $144 million extension Cole Hamels signed with the Phillies.

The Angels will face two questions on that front: Will Greinke's price get too high and are they willing to pay another pitcher more than what ace Jered Weaver signed for in August 2011 (five years, $85 million)?

"We'll cross that bridge when we get there," Dipoto continues to say.