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Heyman: The Nationals were close to a deal for Greinke

Dec 19, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

Greinke throwing

Here’s a couple quick interesting tidbits.

According to Jon Heyman of, the Nationals were actually close to a deal for Zack Greinke. Names like Drew Storen and Danny Espinosa, among others, were discussed. The only problem? The Nationals were on Greinke’s no-trade list and he told the Royals he wouldn’t go.

Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of confirms that the deal and adds that Greinke waived his no-trade to Milwaukee without receiving anything in return.

Pretty easy to see the logic behind this. Despite the addition of Jayson Werth, the Nationals are still a few steps away from being a contender. Meanwhile, the Brewers are ready to win right now. Greinke’s biggest motivation for leaving Kansas City was that he was sick of losing. Likely would have been more of the same in Washington, at least in 2011.

  1. akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Dec 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Can’t fault the Nationals for trying. However, I believe a deal that included Storen, Espinosa and (as reported elsewhere) Jordan Zimmermann would have been far too heavy a price. Not that these guys are necessarily the top young players in the game; they represent the sum total of our farm system’s development over the past few years. They’re more valuable to the Nats than the average prospect.

  2. crankyfrankie - Dec 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Nationals trying to establish themselves with a trade that big at that price would have really hurt themselves. All three of those players are too high a price for Greinke. I say this as a Phils fan who wants Washington to improve ,at least enough to finish ahead of the Mutts, anyway.

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