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Reports: Zack Greinke agrees to second stint with Royals

Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of game four of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke is reportedly returning to the Kansas City Royals.

According to reports, Greinke agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with Kansas City, 13 years after winning the American League Cy Young Award with the franchise.

The 38-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his 18-year career with Kansas City, topped by his 2009 performance in which he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA in 33 starts as the AL’s top pitcher. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2011 season.

Greinke went 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA in 30 appearances (29 starts) last season for the Houston Astros.

Overall, Greinke is 219-132 with a 3.41 ERA and 2,809 strikeouts in 530 appearances (488 starts) during a career that includes stints with the Royals (2004-10), Brewers (2011-12), Los Angeles Angels (2012), Los Angeles Dodgers (2013-15), Arizona Diamondbacks (2016-19) and Astros (2019-21).

Greinke has finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting four other times in his career, most recently finishing fourth for the National League award in 2017 with Arizona.

He also has earned six Gold Gloves for his fielding and has belted nine career regular-season homers.

–Field Level Media