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The Opener: Greinke, Astros, Player Chat

The Opener: Greinke, Astros, Player Chat

With Scott Rolen now the 19th third basemen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:

1. Is a Greinke deal close?

Future Hall of Famer Zack Greinke is arguably the best starting pitcher still available on the free agent market at this point, even heading into his age-39 season. Rumors have long percolated about a possible reunion between Greinke and the Royals, who he started his career with and returned to for the 2022 campaign. The Royals are optimistic about their chances of re-signing Greinke, and after shedding more than $6MM via their trades of Michael A. Taylor and Adalberto Mondesi, they could potentially increase their prior offer. The Orioles have reportedly checked in on Greinke as well.

2. Is the Astros’ GM search nearing a conclusion?

Ever since the Astros surprisingly parted ways with GM James Click shortly after the club won the 2022 World Series, Houston’s baseball operations department has been without a GM. That could be on the verge of changing, however. Dana Brown, Bobby Evans, James Harris, and Brad Ausmus are now among the reported finalists after Michael Hill reportedly removed himself from consideration for the position. Astros owner Jim Crane remains interested in bringing now-former Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns back to Houston, but he’s still under contract with the Brewers as an advisor, placing him more on the periphery of this search.

3. MLBTR Player Chat Today

As we have for the past few days, we’ll be hosting a live chat at 10am CST with a former MLB player in addition to our usual 5pm CST Wednesday chat with MLBTR’s Anthony Franco. Today, we’re excited to welcome a former big league catcher Michael McKenry, who played parts of seven Major League seasons as a member of the Rockies, Pirates, and Cardinals. His best seasons came in 2012, when he got into a career-high 88 games for the Pirates and slashed .233/.320/.442 (109 wRC+), and in 2014, when he slashed an impressive .315/.398/ .512 (140 wRC+) for the Rockies across 57 games. If you missed yesterday’s chat with right-hander Jacob Turneryou can read the transcript here.

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