Tagged: Zach Kroenke

Roster News: Green, Kroenke


The following tweet hit the Twitterverse yesterday evening.

As tweets are limited in length, here’s an explanation of the second sentence.

“Mlb invite” indicates that Green’s deal includes a spring training invitation to big league camp. However the “w several opt outs” part of that tweet indicates that Green will have the option to become a free agent at different times if certain circumstances aren’t met.

Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy got the details of those opt outs directly from Kusnick.

“Kusnick said the deal cannot be terminated before May 22, and includes a pair of opt-outs. If Green is not on the 40-man roster by June 15, the Brewers have 48 hours to contact the 29 other teams to see if one will add Green to its own 40-man. If a team accepts, the Brewers would release Green. Green can also opt-out to take a contract in Asia; the Brewers would get $150,000 (if) Green signs such a deal before Dec. 15 and $300,000 after that date.”

Green was removed from the Brewers’ 40-man roster after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. He had hip surgery back in April to repair a torn labrum and missed the entire season. Green breaks a recent, if small, trend of Brewers 40-man roster removals leaving the organization. Both Chris Narveson and Blake Lalli declared their free agency.

In other player news, Joshua Kusnick is the agent for a handful of Brewers minor leaguers as well, including Zach Kroenke, Alan Sharkey and Brandon Diaz.

Speaking of Kroenke, who first joined the Brewers in 2013, Kusnick also told McCalvy that the Brewers and Kroenke were close on a new minor league deal for the 2014 season but also tweeted that:

Kroenke, 29, went 5-16 in 32 games (19 starts) for Nashville in 2013. He posted a 4.51 ERA along the way.

Brewers Transaction: Another Pitcher Signed

A few minutes ago on Twitter, baseball agent Joshua Kusnick tweeted the following:

That would be his client, Zach Kroenke, a 28-year-old left-handed pitcher who has spent the last three years in the Diamondbacks’ system after being originally drafted by the Yankees back in 2005.

Kroenke has made his big league debut already, appearing in seven games over parts of two seasons with the Diamondbacks.

The numbers aren’t great, and his minor league stats seem to indicate that he’s much more suited to being a relief pitcher than a starter, though he did start every MiLB appearance he made in 2011 and more than half of his 2012 minor league appearances.

Kroenke is listed at 6’2″, 215 lb and is a six-year minor-league veteran.


I spoke with Kroenke on Twitter and confirmed that he signed a minor league deal without an invitation to big league Spring Training.