Milwaukee Brewers taking offers for ace right-hander Zack Greinke | Baseball notebook
After a rough trip seemingly knocked the Milwaukee Brewers out of contention, general manager Doug Melvin acknowledges that the team is...
After a rough trip seemingly knocked the Milwaukee Brewers out of contention, general manager Doug Melvin acknowledges that the team is fielding trade inquiries for ace pitcher Zack Greinke.
"I think people know that," Melvin said Thursday.
Melvin confirmed Greinke's availability in comments to USA Today and Milwaukee's WTMJ radio earlier Thursday.
Melvin did not go into detail on how many teams have expressed interest in the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, saying only that the trade market always heats up with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching.
Greinke is scheduled to pitch Sunday's game against Washington at Miller Park, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he'd be surprised if that happens.
• A Massachusetts mayor fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had "brought discredit" on himself and the department.
"You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer," Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella wrote in his termination notice to officer John Perrault.
Perrault had been on paid leave since he called Crawford a "Monday" before a July 5 minor-league game in Manchester, N.H.
The word can be used as a derogatory term for blacks, and is often associated with Mondays being one of the most-hated days of the week.
Mazzarella's decision comes a day after Leominster Police Chief Robert Healey recommended during a disciplinary hearing that the mayor fire Perrault, saying he'd used racial slurs at least twice before.
Perrault's attorney, Joseph Sandulli said Perrault didn't intend the word as a racist insult and the city overreacted.
"He was criticizing Crawford for being a bad player, not because he was a black man," Sandulli said.