Royals lock up young ace Greinke

Updated: January 26, 2009, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals stood by Zack Greinke. Now, Greinke is standing by them.

Delaying a chance to make even more money as a free agent, the right-hander agreed Monday to a $38 million, four-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Greinke, the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2002, was rushed to the majors because the Royals were desperate for talent. Often moody and uncommunicative, he suddenly bolted from spring training in 2006 and went home to ...

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