Retirement is not yet in his mind for Jack Greinke (40), the ‘geeky pitcher’ who has reached the age of injustice. Greinke, who returned with a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, still enjoys baseball.
Kansas City officially announced a one-year contract with free agent pitcher Greinke on the 4th (hereafter Korean time). According to ‘MLB.com’, if you add $7.5 million in incentives to a guaranteed annual salary of $8.5 million, it is a condition of up to $16 million.
Greinke, who held a press conference at Coffman Stadium, home of Kansas City, said, “I didn’t consider his retirement at all. My family likes what I play, and they like me too. I still think that I am strong, and I will continue to work hard like that.”
This is the 20th season for Greinke, who made his major league debut in Kansas City in 2004. As he signed another one-year contract, the possibility of a final season is always discussed. “2023 may or may not be the last year,” Greinke said. There is no such thing as a definite plan. If I throw well and feel good, I will continue to play.”
Greinke recorded 4 wins and 9 losses with an ERA of 3.68 in 26 games (137 innings) last year. He was placed on the disabled list twice with forearm problems and was not as successful due to a weak batting line, but he pitched above average. His WAR of 2.6 was 5th on the Kansas City team.
Greinke, who threw 3,247 innings, the most among active pitchers, and won 223 wins, has 118 left to strike out 3,000. He boasts a brilliant career with six All-Stars and two No. 1 earned run average in Cy Young, but it is regrettable that he does not have a World Series championship ring.
He could have moved to a stronger team to win the title, but Greinke returned to his home team, Kansas City. Kansas City, which finished fifth in the Central Division of the American League with a record of 65 wins and 97 losses last year, is expected to rank low this year as well. far from winning. 메이저놀이터
But Greinke said, “Kansas City is the best place I could have hoped for. Last year we didn’t win many games, but it was the most fun in a long time. It was fun to be around young players. I was happy to see them doing their best in the game and trying to get better. I could see how much more fun it would be if the team performed well. There are good people on the team and it will get better in the future,” he said, confident of Kansas City’s bright future.
Kansas City general manager JJ Piccolo said, “We are very happy to announce the agreement with Greinke. I had a really nice conversation with Greinke at the end of last season. He clearly showed how much he likes our team and wants to come back. As the front desk changed, there were some changes, and there were things to be resolved,” he said, revealing the background of the slightly delayed contract. “Greinke was a great presence for our young pitchers and club. He wasn’t exaggerating in the slightest. The coolness of his work is second to none,” he praised.