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The Royals may consider dealing Zack Greinke this winter

Aug 6, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

Buster Olney says that the Royals were telling teams before the trade deadline that they’d listen to offers for the frustrated Zack Greinke. Obviously any offer for him would have to have been out-of-this-world, but their ears were on.  Olney thinks that their ears may be even more on come this winter.

If the Royals’ assessment of when their bevy of prospects will be ready matches Greinke’s pessimistic take from yesterday — 2014 — they may well be wise to shop him.  He’ll still be under control for two years and will still be an elite pitcher, and those sorts of commodities don’t come on the market that often.  A smart trade of Zack Greinke — which is no given in light of the man doing the trading in Kansas City — could be the closest thing to a Herschel Walker deal we’ll ever see in baseball.  It could really set the Royals up for the future.

If the Royals are more optimistic, however, and think that some of that top talent will debut next year and play all season in 2012, well, then it may be worth keeping Greinke around for a run that year or, more realistically, for a nice hope-building season that may convince him to stick around after his deal is up.

Either way, you can expect Dayton Moore to get a bunch of inquiries on the guy because, really, who wouldn’t want him?

  1. The Real Shuxion - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Great idea, I mean who needs an ace when you can get a minor league player who may be half of what Greinke is?

  2. geoknows - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Every GM makes a bad trade once in a while, but Dayton Moore is not really known for giving away quality for nothing. His problem is his valuation of the veterans he acquires (see Mike Jacobs and Yuniesky Betancourt, neither of whom are the types he would seek in a Greinke trade). Go back and look at the guys he has traded away in his four years…the best of the lot is Leo Nunez. That’s not too horrible.
    Remember, this is NOT the guy responsible for the trades of Damon, Dye, and Beltran.

  3. randall351 - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Man, the thing is it might be worth trading him now why the Cy Young season is still fresh. He might be headed toward a downward spiral, fickle as he is with his anxiety and all.
    Then again, he might just need a decent team around him for him to relax and start dominating all the time.
    One word comes to mind: conundrum.

  4. Jonny5 - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Ruben Amaro will get him for a pack of gum and an autographed Ryan Howard game ball.

  5. YankeesfanLen - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Then give him away for a Shelley Duncan autographed Yankee baseball and halfa pack of Marlboros?

  6. mcsnide - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Normally, I don’t buy the whole “this guy can’t play in a large market” thing. But given Greinke’s history, it seems like it’d be a huge risk for a big market team to go after him, and those are normally the teams that would pull off a deal like this.

  7. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Ah, so THAT’S why Amaro gave Howard one of the worst contracts ever.

  8. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Meh. If he can handle the pressure of pitching with KC’s defense and run support behind him, I’m thinking he can handle pretty much anything.

  9. RichardInBigD - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Wonder how he’d feel with the Rangers defense behind him ant the run support they provide? We’ve got plenty left in the farm system to deal…

  10. Jonny5 - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Bingo, but not until he proves himself in the playoffs first.

  11. Jonny5 - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Well it all depends on who’s side of the contract you’re on now doesn’t it? Howard thinks it’s the bees knees I’m sure. And Howard playing for your team long term is a good thing if you’re a fan.

  12. JBerardi - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    I’m not so sure about that last part.

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