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Greinke asks to be traded

Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:34 pm
Zack Greinke
Well, we've moved from "the Royals might consider trading Zack Greinke for the right price" to "Zack Greinke wants out."

Greinke fired his agent Friday, apparently part of an effort to force a trade. is hearing from multiple major-league sources that the Cy Young winner has asked to be traded.

Greinke, 27, is unhappy with being on a losing team, something he was very open about in a September interview. "I just want to be on a team that's working towards winning right now. I don't want to just go through years where you're rebuilding. It's not something that gets me excited is all."

After winning the Cy Young in 2009 with a MLB-best 2.16 ERA, Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season. Baseball people think Greinke wasn't giving his best effort, and he admitted he wasn't motivated, things that might be corrected with a change of scenery.

Greinke has a no-trade provision with 15 teams listed, including the Yankees, Nationals, Blue Jays, Brewers and Red Sox. Of course, that doesn't mean he can't be traded to any of those 15 teams, just that he'd have to give permission. Now that he's trying to get out, that's probably more likely than it was when he signed the contract. He has two more years on his deal at $13.5 million per season.

The Royals had reportedly been asking for the moon for Greinke, but the pitcher's new stance might pressure them to be more flexible. And Greinke's new agent, Casey Close, was the force behind getting Roy Halladay out of Toronto last winter.

If I'm a GM, I'd be a little wary of banking on a guy for whom a $38 million contract and a sense of professionalism didn't provide sufficient motivation to work hard at his job. But you can bet the lure of adding a No. 1 pitcher is going to be enough to get a lot of teams past those misgivings.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:33 am

Greinke asks to be traded

I'm glad to see him go to a team like the Brewers another small market and media team where he will be part of a good staff and play in a division thats wide open. Not sure if these 4 guys will amount to anything but if two of them turn into solid MLB players and develop with what baseball America is already calling the most talented farm system in all the majors it could be a brilliant move. Right now not many fans would know this, but the Royals are loaded with minor league AS's and POY's. The key is being patient with them and bring them all up in a couple years still with reasonable contracts for a few years. The Twins and Rays have shown how to win as a small market team, it's called running a top 5 farm system so when you have to trade a Greinke for prospects your continuing to stock pile future prospects. Twins have been doing it for years and now they actually have a little money to spend. Give Moore and the Royals until 2013 and if they can't win 85 games by then they never will. Billy Butler is way cooler then Greinke anyway. And why did anyone think the Royals would trade Greinke for Fielder? KC only solid player is the 1st baseman and KC isn't trying to win this year they wanted a bunch of prospects. Funny how a couple months ago Greinke had a list of places not to go and Brewers was on that list, but now he's saying they're top team?

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:30 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Personally, I hope to see KC rid of him soon. The boy is a wrecking ball looking for a team to ruin. Isn't this the same player who broke down and had a good cry on the mound not too long ago? The same guy, who adds two runs to his ERA the year after winning a Cy Young Award?? 2010 was the "year of the pitcher", and he failed miserably to keep up with the men who bettered their stats. 2011 MLB hasn't even started yet, and ZG has already begun crying. Can you imagine being one of his teammates? Unless he is on the team that wins the Series, this boy is in for a HUGE meltdown, at the expense of that team's fans. I do NOT want to see him in Toronto. I WOULD RATHER LOSE!!!

Having said all the above, I'd LOVE to see him go to New York, watch him get eaten by Yankee fans that don't appreciate cryin' the blues. Go, Greinke. Leave Kansas City, and Royalty. You are a blight to the team, and Major League Baseball. Now watch the Royals get better!!

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:07 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

My Cat could be the 5th starter and they would still win the World Series next year.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:05 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Yankees are POOPIEHEADS!!

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:58 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

The Royals should keep Greinke and get Dontrelle Willis, Milton Bradley, A. J. Burnett, Rick Ankeil, Gary Sheffield out of retirement, Manny Ramirez and nb &s and get Dr. Phil to coach the team.  If he won't do it, Oprah will be available as she is ending her TV show.  They'd probably make the playoffs. 

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:55 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

The Phillies need a 5th starter... MAKE IT HAPPEN RUBEN!

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:18 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Man I really hope that Greinke ends up getting with a solid team to show how good he actually is. Cy young winner with a solid team behind him Greinke should do very well. I do hope that he doesn't end up with the Yankees but still this guy deserves the opportunity to win and succeed. Good luck Zack hopefully we'll see you in the playoffs soon enough. 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:13 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

seems like a top 20 pitcher???? Now I was the first to tell Royal fans to settle down when they yelled CY YOUNG back in 09 about 4 weeks in....HOWEVER, a top 20 pitcher?  That's basically saying on all but 10 or so teams in the league he wouldn't be the ace of the staff?  One year?  He had a sub 3 ERA and won 16 games for a team that was a joke 2 years ago, won I think 13 year before that and finished with a mid 3 era...those sound like 2 really good seasons already.  Last year he hit a mild bumb with a 4 ERA but can you blame him when he realized he was the only player in KC that can actually play baseball????  I mean seriously this guy, would be an ace on 3/4 of the teams in the league, therefore putting him easily top 10.  Playing in big games might affect his numbers a little, but so would playing behind a team that can buy better defense, buy run support, and furthermore and most importantly instill confidence in a good pitcher that he doesn't have to be at his best all the time.  Sometimes pitchers try to overcompensate for the fact their team sucks, and honestly, he's been doing that his entire career being in KC.  The only thing for the buyer that I would be weary about with him, is not his potential, but rather the fact he's gone over 200 IP the past 3 seasons on a smaller frame then some.  I don't know how many pitchers currently active in baseball completed their 4th straight season of 200 IP in 2010, but I can bet it's not as many as pitchers that fell under that number trying for their 4th straight

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:10 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

I couldnt have said it any better.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:33 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

He seems like a top 20 pitcher who had one spectacular year.  He'd be a good complement to a real contender but I don't think he's the missing piece to any team in the AL not named the Yankees. Red Sox, Twins, Rangers. If my Blue Jays are listening, I liked Marcum just as much and you traded him away for the future, so please don't try to talk him into coming north

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