I must ask the readers of the virtual pages of Getting Blanked to bear with me for the next few weeks. This past week I broke a bone in the fifth metacarpal of my right hand. This obviously makes it very difficult and time-consuming to construct articles with only a keyboard. Right now in fact, I’m dictating this article through my iPhone. It should therefore be expected that the amount of spelling mistakes and errors with punctuation will increase over it’s normally high amount.

So without further ado your first of many dictated weekend URL Weavers:

Rumors continue to swirl around the Milwaukee Brewers Zack Greinke as the trade deadline approaches. However it is not a foregone conclusion that he’ll be traded. Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBSSports reported that the Brewers have offered him a five-year contract in excess of $100 million at some point in the last few weeks. Greinke himself later confirmed those reports. Despite the offer, however, it’s unlikely that he will re-sign.

It’s likely that the market for Greinke will start at six years and $127.5 million which is what0 Matt Cain received from the San Francisco Giants this spring. By almost every measure Greinke has been a better pitcher than Cain and in fact has been one of the most effective pitchers in baseball so far in 2012.

A lot has been made of the trade rumors involving Greinke and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels; both are unquestionably elite pitchers, but for my money Greinke has been better.

According to almost every ERA estimator, Greinke ranks in the top three along with such elite arms as Stephen Strasburg, Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez. Much of the disparity between his fielding independent numbers and his ERA can be explained by the Brewers’ terrible infield defense. If he gets traded to a team with even average defense, his numbers should go from good to sublime.

I’m willing to bet that there is at least one team that’s willing to go over and above Cain’s contract to secure Greinke this winter. Whether or not the Brewers trade him it seems very likely that he’ll hit the open market. It makes sense for the Brewers therefore to trade him as soon as possible if they are unwilling to increase their offer. However teams may not overpay for him on the trade market simply because they can wait until the winter and just sign him without selling the farm in the process.

And the rest:

Nine run deficit, schmine run deficit [Mark Bowman, MLB.com].

The epic struggles of Shaq Thompson [Alex Speier, WEEI.com].

Johan Santana is back on the DL, but this time with an ankle injury which is probably good news considering [Adam Rubin, Twitter].

Your favorite player and mine just passed Sammy Sosa on the all-time homeruns list [Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun].

This just in: Drew Fairservice has an unhealthy obsession with Pedro Alvarez [Getting Blanked].

Chad Cordero will attempt another comeback [Mark Zuckerman, Twitter].

When somebody complains vehemently about something and then says they don’t care about said thing, I call bullhonkey [CSNBayArea.com].

Is anyone else surprised that the dictation program on my phone actually picked up “bullhonkey”?

Baseball Prospectus takes a closer look at the swathes of mediocrity that changed hands yesterday [R.J. Anderson & Kevin Goldstein, baseball Prospectus].

Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos also said some words [Gregor Chisholm].

Ozzie Guillen: the beat reporters worst nightmare [Bradford Doolittle, Baseball Prospectus].

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