It is fair to wonder if we have seen the last of Zack Greinke on the diamond. The future Hall of Famer had returned to the Kansas City Royals, coming back to where it all began, theoretically closing the circle on his career.
But that may not be the case. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Greinke is expected to pitch in 2023. If so, a reunion with the Royals may take place.
Zack Greinke would give Kansas City Royals needed veteran presence
Greinke may not be the ace he once was but he still has something left in the tank. He posted a solid 3.68 ERA and a 1.343 WHiP over his 137 innings, striking out 73 batters with just 27 walks. Although the velocity is not there any longer, and his .737 OPS against was his second worst mark since 2009, he could still get outs while relying on his knowledge of how to pitch.
While he can still be an option in the Royals’ rotation, Greinke has value beyond his ability on the mound. His knowledge of the game in every facet is legendary as he is known to see things on the diamond no one else does. He can be a valued mentor for the Royals pitching staff once again, an extra pitching coach that may be able to help them reach their potential.
At this point, the Royals are focused on the future. They need to find pieces as they attempt to finally get back to relevance. Greinke may not physically be on the mound when that happens, but the lessons he can impart will still be in the minds of those young arms. That is something that one cannot put a price tag upon.
Zack Greinke wants to pitch in 2023 and the Kansas City Royals want him back. It is just a matter of time before the reunion is official.