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If Zack Greinke gets traded, it won’t be to New York

Nov 3, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

Zack Greinke

There has been a lot of speculation that Zack Greinke, who has a history of some serious anxiety problems, wouldn’t do well in New York. Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Greinke feels the same way about the matter and that there would be “no chance”  that he would accept a trade to New York.

Greinke can reportedly block trades to 20 teams through the end of this year and 15 teams next year. After that: no no-trade clause at all.  His reluctance to go to the large markets, however, would seem to make trading him really difficult. Because while he’s not crazy-expensive given his mad skills, he is owed $13.5 million each of the next two years, and that’s a lot for a mid-market team where Greinke would be more comfortable. As such, if you put a gun to my head right now I’d say he goes nowhere.

  1. BC - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    What about the Dodgers?

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Send him to Philly. We’ll be gentle with him. I promise. And i thought it sounded more like yet another “I hate NY” reason behind it. Like Halladay not even entertaining NYY. Like Lee not wanting to go there… Is this how many pitchers feel? Or is this how they try to sweeten the pot if they are focused on by Darth Stienbrenner’s henchman Sith Cashman? Maybe some guys just don’t want to join the dark side?

    • yankees1996 - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

      He will not come to NY and you think there is a chance he will agree to pitch in Philly with the “issues” that he has and you say the fans will be gentle with him. The Philly fans being gentle with him could very easily kill the poor guy! He is most likely in the best place for him already, he just needs to keep his issues under control and pitch.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

        No, I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell he’ll end up in Philly. Although, I would love to be given the chance to see it happen. He’s one badass pitcher, and regardless of his issues.

      • yankeesfanlen - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

        C’mon, we’ll “fix” his issues. Know that Geico commercial with a drill sargeant as psychologist? Yeah, kind of like that.

      • Old Gator - Nov 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

        My daughter has a t-shirt that reads “I like you. Your death will be quick and painless.”

        Gentle Feelies fans.

        Horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches that don’t stick to your artery walls.


    • pisano - Nov 4, 2010 at 12:29 AM

      And maybe some guys don’t have the balls to get their asses ripped when they lay an egg like AJ Burnett has . I’m sure the Yankees would love to send him to anyone who is dumb enough to take him .

  3. mcsnide - Nov 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Gotta respect a guy who looks himself in the mirror and decides he can’t deal with those pressures, then makes the choice that is best for him. I really like Greinke, and I hope he keeps his head on straight and stays away from the big markets where the pressure is high.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM

      Just to quibble a bit, Greinke himself didn’t say that he wouldn’t go to NY. It’s “friends of Greinke feel he wouldn’t want to go to NY”.

      Also Craig, thought you were blocked by Lord HeeHaw?

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM

        Maybe one of his issues is having loose-lipped friends in his head.

  4. docktorellis - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    If the Royals are willing to trade within the division, he can always come north and join the nicest clubhouse in baseball, not to mention play in beautiful new Target Field.

  5. Charles Gates - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    So Yankee fans spit on his family members too…?

    • yankees1996 - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

      NO, just and unfortunate accident with a beer…o.k. several beers.

  6. lar @ wezen-ball - Nov 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Brewers could definitely afford that for a #1… Hmm, is Dayton Moore stupid enough to accept one year of Prince for him? Maybe Prince and McGehee just to sweeten the deal?

    (And, no, I don’t believe this could happen. But we’ve underestimated Moore’s stupidity before…)

  7. rabiague1986 - Nov 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    An interesting for him that was brought up by Dave Cameron on Fan Graphs is Washington. A large but not rabid market for baseball. The Nationals having someone like Greinke will make them a more interesting team and when Strasberg is back 2013 rotation could be solid Strasberg, Greinke, Zimmerman.

  8. apbaguy - Nov 3, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I think Oakland would be a good spot for him, possibly giving us a rotation to match the Giants.

    On a serious note, remember a few years ago Greinke had some battles with anxiety surrounding pitching in front of the crowds and the hoopla in MLB.

    And some guys just aren’t suited to the media and fan pressure of the Northeast. So it’s for the best that this product of Apopka, Florida recognizes that he needs a smaller market to thrive, even though it will probably cost him double-digit millions. When he moves back to Central Florida after his career he’ll still have made dozens of times what any of us have made. That goes a long way down there.

  9. paul1990 - Nov 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    It’s never been about the money for him. He just walks to the best of a different drum. Says some odd things. I think he’ll stay in KC. He wants the Royals to win faster, but Dayton Moore is building the farm system the right way and we’re two years out. People hammer on Dayton Moore (his free agent signings last winter earned him that!), but he’s building the farm system the right way so they can compete in a couple years. Not sure if Zack is that patient.

  10. mvd513 - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:27 AM

    But if you know you can’t play in a big city, how the hell could you handle being in the World Series. I mean, he still wants to win it all right?

  11. jfk69 - Nov 4, 2010 at 8:25 AM


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