MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials met briefly with right-hander Zack Greinke on Sunday to address the trade rumors that have already begun to swirl around the free agent to be. A day later, manager Ron Roenicke made one thing clear: The Crew wants to keep Greinke in Brewers blue.
"We are hopeful that we will bring him back," Roenicke said, "whether it's right now, whether it's after the season. There's a lot of possibilities with him coming back.
"He likes it here, he does. Now, there's going to be a lot of interest in him, obviously. He's a good pitcher. And I think he would like to know, kind of, what's out there for him. You can't blame a guy for that. The nice thing for us is we know that he does like it here."
Roenicke is convinced that Greinke won't be bothered by trade rumors.
"He's really focused on what he has to do, and unlike a lot of players, he is really in tune with what a club is thinking," Roenicke said. "He understands things. You guys know he was interested in the Draft and what goes on there. He's also interested in what goes on before the Trade Deadline, and why players are traded.
"He understands both ends of it. He understands why clubs need to make moves to make sure they're OK the year after and the year after that. Because of that, whatever happens, I think he'll be fine."
Greinke was fine after the Brewers' 6-5 win over the Marlins on Monday. He was in a 5-2 deficit in the third inning, but Brewers hitters staged a comeback to preserve Greinke's perfect 15-0 record at Miller Park.
He was asked what he thought about his meeting with Melvin & Co.
"If we keep playing like we've been playing his homestand, we still have time," Greinke said. "And hopefully that will take care of it and we'll continue to play like we can play. I feel like we've been doing good a little over a month and just haven't been putting wins together. Three in a row now, hopefully that continues. I think that's what everyone hopes at the moment."
The trade rumors, he said, are "just business. The Brewers need to do what's best for the Brewers, and that's just how things go. Hopefully nothing happens and we start playing better. That would be the best-case scenario for everyone."