Angels now considered unlikely to keep Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner, won't likely get the payday he is looking for in LA. (Getty Images)

The Angels, once considered the favorite to keep free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, are now unlikely to sign him, according to sources.

The Greinke market is beginning to play out and, as colleague Jon Heyman reported over the weekend, the 29-year-old right-hander could be setting up to sign a record contract. The Angels, who once regarded signing Greinke as their top offseason priority, simply don't seem willing to provide that.

Greinke has drawn strong interest from the Dodgers, who are operating under different spending limits than the Angels (or just about any other team). The Rangers are also known to be interested.

And the Angels, who still don't have a No. 3 starter behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson?

"It won't be Greinke," said one person familiar with their plans.

Things change quickly during negotiations. The Angels' focus appears to have shifted away from Greinke, whom they acquired in a July trade with the Brewers.

As Heyman reported Monday morning, the Angels have agreed to terms with Ryan Madson. He might miss the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but should eventually take over the closer's role from Ernesto Frieri. They'd like to improve the bullpen even more.

The Angels would still need to shop for starting pitching help. But for now, they seem unlikely to chase any of the other big-name (and big-money) pitchers such as Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse. They're more likely to look to lower-cost options who would fit at the end of a big-league rotation.

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