Zack Greinke Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/21/1983 (39)
Zack Greinke Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Zack Greinke News
The Kansas City Royals are reportedly re-signing veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke, per a tweet from Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports in Kansas City on Monday morning. Fescoe tweeted the following: "Royals have reached a deal to bring Zack Greinke back for one more year, per source. Deal will be officially announced tomorrow afternoon. #royals." The 39-year-old made his return to Kansas City this past season, making 26 starts. In those 26 starts, the right-hander pitched to a 3.68 ERA, a 4.03 FIP, 73 strikeouts, and just 27 walks allowed in 137 innings of work. Kansas City's other rotation options include the likes of Jordan Lyles, Brady Singer, Ryan Yarbrough, and Brad Keller.
Although the Kansas City Royals don't necessarily need veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke in 2023, they remain interested in re-signing him. The potential Hall of Famer will probably need to accept a low base salary that could grow with incentives based on innings pitched if he wants to return to KC, according to sources familiar with the team's thinking. The Royals remain open to the idea, even if it would leave fewer innings for their young arms. The 39-year-old means a lot to the organization, which drafted him sixth overall in 2002. Greinke had a 3.68 ERA in 137 innings in his return to the Royals last year, but the soft-tosser with a low strikeout rate won't be very attractive in fantasy, no matter where he signs.
The Kansas City Royals remain interested in rotation help and re-signing Zack Greinke. The Royals added right-hander Jordan Lyles to a two-year, $17 million deal on Tuesday, but apparently they are not done adding to their rotation this offseason. Unlike Lyles, Greinke has actually been pretty good in his career, winning a Cy Young award in 2009 and making the All-Star team six times. The 39-year-old is nearing the end, but he was still decent in 2022 with the Royals, going 4-9 with a 3.68 ERA (4.03 FIP), a 1.34 WHIP and a 12.5 percent strikeout rate in 137 innings and 26 starts. The soft-tossing Greinke has been pretty durable and would be another nice innings-eater for the rebuilding Royals. For fantasy purposes, Greinke has become a low-strikeout, low-upside streamer in deeper leagues.
Zack Greinke had one of the best FIPs of his career in 2020, 2.80. Unfortunately, his ERA of 4.03 did not follow the FIP. Nonetheless, Greinke remained a strikeout-per-inning guy (24.5% of batters faced) on a winning club whose control also kept his WHIP a strong 1.17. This despite a decline in fastball velocity; after throwing about 90 from 2017-19, Greinke averaged about 88 in 2020, and the previous decline in velocity had already earned him the moniker "junk merchant" from FanGraphs in 2019. Even with all of the weirdness of 2020, Greinke is now 37, and so 88 mph could well be the new normal. That's still pretty much the only concern in his profile given how good 2020 was under the curtain. Although the floor is lower than the ceiling is high, Greinke's consistency, in his career to date whatever his velocity, is not to be underestimated. He is RotoBaller's 38th ranked pitcher and 104th overall, whereas he's the 42nd pitcher off the board based on his 114 ADP. Aim near the higher end of that range.