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Those who have followed Zack Greinke‘s career know not to underestimate the power of his baseball mind. Greinke knows as much about what goes on in baseball, both on and off the field, more than almost any active player, and I would bet more than a good number of executives. And don’t just take my word for it — take Brewers general manager Doug Melvin’s. Greinke was a member of his draft war room in 2012, and one of the first things Greinke did as a member of the Dodgers was text GM Ned Coletti to congratulate him on the club’s first-round pick, Corey Seager — Greinke loved the high school third baseman’s talent.

Thanks to a no-trade clause included in his final contract as a member of the Kansas City Royals, Greinke’s baseball mind was allowed to play a pivotal role in the winter of 2010. That December, Greinke was dealt from the Royals to the Brewers (along with Yuniesky Betancourt) in exchange for shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. It was a deal that helped the Brewers win their first and only National League Central division championship and reach the playoffs for just the second time since losing the 1982 World Series. But if not for the no-trade clause, Greinke would have been a Washington National, a move that would have radically changed the landscape of the National League.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

This is some next-level nerdery, probably. Because we’ve had catcher framing pieces. And we’ve had Edge% in these pages before. BUT HAVE WE PUT THEM TOGETHER YET???

On the other hand, I don’t have the skills of most of your research-level nerds. I only play one on the internets. So you’ll probably be able to follow along.

I saw Jeff Sullivan update his team framing pieces. And then he looked at all the pitchers that were getting extra strikes this year. And then I saw Bill Petti talk about which pitches are good for getting extra strikes on the edge. And then my brain farted.

Could we look at team framing rates and compare them to individual starting pitcher framing rates, and then use Edge% (and perhaps pitching mix) to identify pitchers that might be in line for more strikes going forward? I don’t know if we can, but let’s try.

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Fight! Fight! Fight! Oh, wait. Zack Greinke, who beaned Carlos Quentin and all but initiated this throwdown, broke his collarbone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after colliding shoulder-to-shoulder with the irate Padre. Way to ruin a perfectly good thing, Zack Greinke’s elven bone structure!

Carlos Quentin, your Major League leader in HBP over the last three years by a rather significant margin, took exception to a 3-2 fastball from Greinke that ran up and in, charging the mound and sparking a heated punch fight which seemed to lack the requisite punches.

As the video shows, Matt Kemp was buzzed earlier in the game by Padres starter Jason Marquis. Kemp has been described as “irate” throughout this incident, a state of mind which persevered throughout the night as he confronted Quentin after the game.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

Dodgers fans can rest easy as the club reports that Zack Greinke will rest for 2-3 days with elbow inflammation. Not that anything elbow injury related is particularly good news, but it could be worse, I suppose. The Dodgers official Twitter account announced that the right-hander received an injection of “PRP”, or platelet-rich plasma for those of us not up on medical acronyms.

Greinke was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles earlier today after he was scratched from his scheduled spring training start.

The 29-year old signed a massive six-year, $147 million deal with the Dodgers in December. Greinke was traded to Anaheim from Milwaukee last season in exchange for infielder Jean Segura and pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg. Greinke finished 2012 with 212.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 3.22 xFIP, and 200 strikeouts to go along with a 15-5 record.

Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Los Angeles Dodgers effectively spelled out “doom” with a trifecta of tweets this morning on the status of Zack Greinke. Greinke, of course, signed a contract worth $147 million over six years in December.

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We’re all weirdoes. Truly, we are. If the collective intents of our nature were described to any of us without reference points we’d eagerly dismiss ourselves as being ridiculous nitwits. This is perhaps best seen in our eagerness to categorically judge the actions of others into being either positive or negative, with little regard given to the complications and unconsidered dynamics that destroy the unsophisticated dichotomies that we build for ourselves for the sake of simplification.

In sports, this occurs most often in “analyzing” trades and transactions. Trading Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard for James Shields and Wade Davis is good for the Tampa Bay Rays and bad for the Kansas City Royals. I don’t disagree with such a notion, but mine is an opinion that comes with a caveat: It’s based in a vacuum context on my own limitations of understanding.

I’m not familiar with the job security of Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, other than knowing that his current contract runs through 2014. I don’t know about the pressure that ownership has placed on him to succeed right now, and I’m unaware of what other alternatives he had. It could very well be that the factors that I can’t consider were the most informing for the decision. Perhaps, all things considered, it’s a win-win situation.

Unfortunately, our minds aren’t considerate, they judge. One party is good, and so the other must be bad. As soon as we find the benefits, we lazily dismiss the other option as being a consequence. Staying within the world of baseball, we find this phenomenon occurring once again with the terms of Zack Greinke’s recently signed free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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From the “Now You’re Just Piling On” files comes this essential breakdown of an underreported component of Zack Greinke‘s deal with the Dodgers: the 147 million dollar man can opt out of his contract after just three years. Ken Rosenthal does a yeoman’s work pointing out that, yes, the Dodgers might lose Greinke after three years if he thinks he can get a better deal by hitting market again at age 32.

As the Rosengenius suggests, these opt out clauses give undue leverage to players rather than teams. The team either loses a high-performer to the free agent market or are stuck with a player overpaid relative to the market at that moment. The Dodgers do not offer no trade clauses so this less-than-attractive compromise must suffice. Player friendly as it might be, the threat of an opt out won’t phase LA.

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