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Greinke open to contract extension

Greinke open to contract extension

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Greinke open to contract extension
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers ace Zack Greinke said he is still operating without an agent, but that does not necessarily scuttle the chances of a contract extension.

Greinke is entering his second season with the team, and the final season of the four-year, $38 million extension he signed in January 2009. He severed his ties with CAA Sports last year, after the Brewers acquired Greinke in a trade with the Royals.

"It'd be me in charge as of right now," he said. "So, we'll see how long that lasts."

Asked about a possible extension, Greinke said, "I'll talk to them about it. I don't really want to talk to anyone else about it. But I like the business of baseball. It's exciting for me. It's not like I plan on being my agent, but it is exciting being able to know what's going on behind the scenes."

Greinke was 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA and 201 strikeouts last season after losing the first month to a rib-cage injury. He was hurt during a game of pick-up basketball in Spring Training, a mistake he promised not to repeat.

The Brewers won all 17 of Greinke's 2011 starts at Miller Park, including two in the postseason. He was part of a five-man rotation that returns intact for 2012, with right-handers Greinke, Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum and left-handers Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson.

"Everything feels really good at the stadium and stuff, the team is great, and I love the whole coaching staff and front office, too," Greinke said. "The owner [Mark Attanasio] is probably the best owner in baseball, maybe. He's incredible."

Does that mean the Brewers have a chance to keep him around?

"Yeah. I'm not talking about that," Greinke said. "But I do really enjoy the coaching staff and the front office here. It's a good organization. ... I know coming here this year it's a lot easier for the Fan Fest thing. I know the guys here. So going into Spring Training, it'll be more comfortable."

The key, he said, is getting through Spring Training.

"Anything could happen," he said. "[It] just won't be getting hurt doing something stupid this year."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. MLB.com contributor Jordan Schelling contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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