With Hamels off market, Greinke rumors heat up

With Hamels off market, Greinke rumors heat up

PHILADELPHIA -- With Philadelphia's Cole Hamels off the trade market, Milwaukee's Zack Greinke figures to be the most sought after pitcher leading to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

With an abundance of scouts in attendance at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, Greinke dominated the Phillies' offense. He allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings and retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Set to become a free agent at season's end, Greinke's name has been the subject of multiple trade rumors, something Greinke said was "a little different" for him.

"I really don't want to think about a different team while I'm on this team," he said. "[General manager Doug Melvin] hasn't said anything to me about them trading me. So I'm assuming I'll still be here. Obviously, something could happen. But I enjoy playing here."

Greinke has seemed to have done a pretty good job at blocking out the speculation. Before Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke praised Greinke's focus.

"He's pretty good about what's in front of him and what he needs to do," Roenicke said. "He prepares in every aspect of the game. Not just his pitching, but where's my defense gonna be? Who are the pinch-hitters that may come up? How's that opposing pitcher that I'm facing, does he swing the bat well? He really puts a lot into his game to the point where I think it's easier to block out other things."