By Nick Piecoro, azcentral sports
For better or for worse, Zack Greinke reported to spring training this week, threw his first official bullpen session of camp and met with the media on Wednesday morning, a sort of de facto beginning to his second season with the Diamondbacks.
The mood was different from when he first met with reporters a year ago. Fresh off signing a record-setting six-year, $206.5 million contract, Greinke last February was a representation of optimism, a sought-after ace brought in to help lead the club to the postseason.
But on Wednesday, he sat at an outdoor table at Salt River Fields and answered questions about his down, injury-plagued year. He talked about what he expected from himself and the Diamondbacks this season. And he was asked what he thought of the idea that his contract had quickly become an albatross.
There was nothing surprising about Greinke’s answers, but the session reinforced his standing at the center of the Diamondbacks’ universe. Greinke struggled last year and not only did the club perform poorly, but the right-hander’s value was dealt a punishing blow.
Conversely, if Greinke performs better this year, perhaps it would mean not just a return to contention, but also the re-establishing of his perception as a movable asset.
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