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Report: Zack Greinke has no problem going to New York, and the Yankees and Royals are talking

Nov 30, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

Zack Greinke

The conventional wisdom is that Zack Greinke — he of the history of anxiety disorder and a massive no-trade clause that keeps him from going to 20 teams — would never agree to go to the Yankees.  Too much pressure. Too much media.  Too much everything.  Jeff Passan at Yahoo!, however, talked to someone who thinks differently:

Though Kansas City starter Zack Greinke has a no-trade clause in his contract that includes the Yankees and other big-market teams, a source close to the right-hander suggested he would happily pitch anywhere that would provide a winning team.

“I wouldn’t put it past him to go to New York,” the source said. “I don’t think he’d rule out anybody. He says he likes New York. Especially because they’re winners. He wants to go to a team that wins. He’s got a list, but in the process, a lot of people have lists.”

Passan says that the Yankees and Royals are talking about Greinke.  If so, that could, at the very least, provide the Yankees with some breathing room if something unexpected happens and the Cliff Lee negotiations go sideways. It could also give then a chance to land Lee and Greinke, which would make everyone who isn’t a Yankees fan go totally crazy.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    My pants are increasingly becoming poopy. The Yanks should just man up and get five number one starters and be done with it….actually get every no. 1 in the league and just throw the extra dudes in the pen.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Why was everyone looking at me as if I had two heads when I said this last month? And Crawford too, look at all the money we’re going to save on Beep-beep.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Does this mean the Yankees can send Burnett to the Cardinals or Mets?

    • pisano - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

      Just pray to God they send him somewhere outside of New York. With the money they save by not signing Jeter(I pray to God) They could pay some poor team that see’s something left in this POS to take him.

  4. Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Not sure why the Yankees are the only team not allowed to use their farm system to acquire talent through trades. Why should anybody go nuts over them getting Greinke? I thought the issue everybody had was them “buying” players through free agency without giving up their young talent. I guess it’s really that the Yankees just aren’t allowed to make moves to improve themselves without being criticized for it.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM

      “I guess it’s really that the Yankees just aren’t allowed to make moves to improve themselves without being criticized for it.”

      NAILED IT!

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM

      They have to pay Greinke too. People go nuts because the Yankees can afford to do it when their teams can’t. Other teams have to cherish their Farm players and make them grow into talents. All the while hoping the Yankees don’t swipe them away with their evil checkbook once the player becomes noticeably talented and they lose control of their player’s contract. You know, it’s jealousy.

  5. Lukehart80 - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Craig, the holidays are approaching… only a Scrooge (or a Grinch, whichever you prefer) would force others to consider the possibility of BOTH these guys heading to the Bronx.

  6. xpensivewinos - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Yup. Baseball and its economic structure is just fine.

    All is well, no need to change a thing.

    Can’t imagine why baseball is losing fans in droves…….

    • Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

      Right, because there’s something wrong with the Royals turning an asset they won’t control when they’re ready to compete into assets they will control in that timeframe. Can’t imagine why baseball is losing fans in droves either, because, uh, it’s not.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:13 PM

        Maybe he lives in Florida?? I can see how he’d think like that…

  7. Amsterdamned - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Who do the Yankees even have to trade? The Royals aren’t going to want any crap contracts (So no AJ), and guys like Joba and Phil Hughes have lost their luster a bit. Is the Yankees farm deep enough to get them Grienke? You know KC is gonna want them to back up the truck for this guy.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

      Not sure Hughes has really lost his luster – being a league-average starter at his age is still pretty valuable, and that’s what he was last year. The jewel is obviously Montero, and the Yankees have a number of pretty high-ceiling pitchers who are a couple years out. I think the question is whether or not the Royals feel Montero can catch, and if not, whether they take him for the value he provides anyway and sort out their 1B/DH logjam later. The Yankees’ system has the value to land Greinke, though.

      • Amsterdamned - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:24 PM

        Yeah but they’ve just basically handed the catching job to Montero, no? They’ve been very stingy giving up their top prospects in the recent past. I could see them packaging Hughes and a number of lesser prospects, but not both of Hughes and Montero, and I can see another team being able to match a Hughes/2 other guys type deal.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:47 PM

        My guess is that if they can upgrade the rotation from “Burnett” to “Greinke,” they’ll muddle by with Cervelli, Romine, and whoever they can pluck off the FA scrap heap at catcher. If Montero wasn’t untouchable for three months of Cliff Lee, I don’t think he’s untouchable for two years of Zack Greinke. Maybe the price tag will wind up being too high for Cashman, but I don’t think the Yankee system lacks the value necessary to land Greinke.

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

      KC will want Montero.

      KC is not where they are because of just not spending money. They are also notorious for sending good players away for absolute crap.

  8. Ari Collins - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    So an anonymous source says that he wouldn’t rule out Grienke not ruling out the Yankees? And that Grienke would prefer winning to losing?

    I know you gotta report it, Craig, but seriously, stories like this are essentially content-free.

  9. kcfanatic - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    I am a big Zack fan. I hope he goes to a winner. I have no problem with him going to NY and winning a ring, as long as he does it this year or next. Then, I hope we beat NY’s butt in the playoffs with the young studs we pick up from trading Zack.

  10. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    If anyone’s interested there is an interesting piece on Yahoo Sports MLB Rumors about the Lee negotiations. Below is the link if anyone wants to read it. I can’t wait to see the comments from those fans in Jeters corner on his negotiations after woods.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/rumors/post/Yankees-planning-to-sign-Cliff-Lee-next-week-;_ylt=Av_HWCYWbRZNXrzU6S_TmuURvLYF?urn=mlb-290286

  11. proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Lust like the good old days when KC was an unofficial Yankee farm team! So who would the Yankees trade for Greinke? Hughes, Chamberlain and ???

  12. jfk69 - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    As i said months ago. Those 20 teams he had a no trade to were ont that list so he could negotiate his own new contract. His agent is no fool. He doesn’t want to go to another team without a new “BIg” contract in place. He is crazy like a fox!

  13. jfk69 - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Chamberlain,Nova,Romero and perhaps one of the killer bees…start packing

    • Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:48 PM

      Are we making a hybrid monster out of Romine and Montero? :P

  14. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    The Yankees aren’t going to trade Hughes. He just started to come into his own last season and he’s only going to get better.

    I can see the Yankees offering up: Nova, Chamberlain & one of the catching prospects and the PTBNL (which one can only hope is AJ). Actually just kidding about AJ, only because someone would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to take him.

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

      Too bad Omar got fired.

  15. Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Ahhhhh crap. #$%& ing Yankees. Well I guess jeter better get to signing some paper. And real quick like too. The kid and Lee will make the Yanks cocky enough to drop the whole Jeter deal. Real quick like too.

  16. uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I’ve done an analysis of the anticipated Yankee payroll for 2011 factoring in Lee signing, including Jeter, Mo and Pettitte, resigning some bullpen help and factoring in raises for players like Hughes for arbitration, etc… (In my numbers I’ve included $23M for Lee & $44M for Jeter, Mo and Pettitte combined) The Yankees do have some money coming off the books Vazquez and Nick Johnson the big ones come to about $17.5M combined.
    This will probably make non Yankee fans cringe but I figure the opening day payroll for the 25 man ML roster will be $216M (that does not include Greinke).

    • mtner77 - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

      Could Greinke be converted to play SS four out of every five days? If so, this just may be a real spot where the Yankees’ could “economize” a bit.

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