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When Lee signs, Greinke will go

Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 11:16 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Royals arrived at the Winter Meetings ready to talk about a Zack Greinke trade. They left the meetings more convinced than ever that they'll trade their young ace this winter.

When? That's easy. The Royals almost certainly won't deal Greinke until Cliff Lee signs his new contract, because the Lee market strongly affects the Greinke market.

So where does Greinke go? That's much less certain, but officials familiar with the talks said four to five teams have been most aggressive. That group includes the Rangers, Brewers, Blue Jays, Dodgers and Nationals. Royals officials also continue to believe that the Yankees will pursue Greinke strongly if New York loses out on Lee.

In any case, it's very likely that Greinke will go somewhere, based on the offers that the Royals already received this week.

Greinke is signed for two more years, so the Royals have maintained all along that they don't need to trade him. But they've also realized that with this winter's thin free-agent market, this is the time to maximize his value. Besides Lee, Greinke is by far the best starting pitcher available.

Greinke is due $13.5 million each of the next two years, a reasonable salary for a pitcher who has already won a Cy Young Award. He has some no-trade protection, but it's believed that he would be amenable to most possible trades, because he has been frustrated by the losing seasons in Kansas City.

The Royals actually have a strong group of prospects on the way (some rival scouts feel they have more top prospects than any other team), but the ETA on those prospects doesn't fit Greinke's timetable. Thus, it makes sense for the Royals to shop him this winter and get even more prospects in return. They'll likely net four or five players in any Greinke trade.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:34 pm

When Lee signs, Greinke will go

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:08 pm

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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:35 pm

When Lee signs, Greinke will go

Knobler again is wrong. Lee has signed and Greinke hasn't been moved. Honestly, how did this schlub get a job? Scott Miller is light years smarter and a far better writer. In fact, Scott can out write him in a coma.

Time to tell this 70's reject to hit the bricks. Put away your Member's Only jacket and mood rings.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:26 pm

When Lee signs, Greinke will go

If Grienke has a problem, it's a risk to sign him at least in the Northeast. I think he winds up in Texas, Lee signs in NY, and both do very well in their new situations. Grienke had no support last year and he'll get plenty if he goes to Texas.

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:23 pm

When Lee signs, Greinke will go

your right about his "SOCIAL ANXIETY" problem,Greinke has been hiding at a small market venue, whats gonna happen when the "BIG" DEMANDS" of a high profile team like the YANKEES or DODGERS get him.The pressure from a big market team is gonna eat him up,and lets not get started with the fans, He already said it scares him to sign autographs.Ignoring the fans is a no no.Yes he is a good pitcher on borderline greatness,but i seriously think it is a BIG GAMBLE to trade for him to be your number 1.

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