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Interest heavy in Greinke as Brewers 'open for business,' but price tag is high

The Brewers are looking for a top-flight shortstop prospect and pitchers in return for Zack Greinke. (AP)

The interest is heavy in star right-hander Zack Greinke as the Brewers officially became sellers with their 0-6 road trip. However, the price tag is extremely high, interested teams said.

The Brewers are said to have a particular interest in a top young shortstop, and a source said they asked the Orioles about their extremely high-end prospect Manny Machado, a request that was rebuffed. With Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf all unlikely to be back with the Brewers next year, young pitching is also presumably a focus of Milwaukee's.

One executive with an interested team said a request for Macahado wasn't shocking as an early try and that the Brewers would "get more realistic" as the deadline draws nearer. Milwaukee just hit the "sell" button as it concluded a winless six-game trip -- as one rival put it, "the Brewers are open for business" -- so a major undertaking such as a Greinke trade wasn't expected to be arranged within a day.

The Brewers are resigned to Greinke leaving, sources said, as he hasn't shown any interest in re-signing there and giving up his free agency following the Brewers' $100 million-plus, five-year offer to him a few weeks ago, a proposal first reported by CBSSports.com.

Additionally, the Brewers might consider trades for third baseman Aramis Ramirez, reliever Francisco Rodriguez, catcher George Kottaras and veteran starter Randy Wolf (though Wolf himself pointed out that teams aren't exactly going to line up for a pitcher with a 5-plus ERA). One competing exec said he envisioned Milwaukee holding onto outfielder Corey Hart, though there's sure to be interest in him.

The Braves, White Sox, Rangers and Angels were mentioned here several days ago as the most likely landing spots for Greinke, with the White Sox making Greinke their clear No. 1 target, according to sources, and the Braves coveting him, as well. The Orioles are also interested, and a few other teams, could as well.

The Cardinals, who along with the Braves and Angels are seen as good long-term fits for Greinke, are an under-the-radar possibility. The Dodgers are a team that's been mentioned as having some interest, though they seem to be more focused on the two Cubs pitchers, Ryan Dempster, who seemingly has only given approval for a trade to the Dodgers (the Braves "moved on" after Dempster didn't approve a trade there) and Matt Garza, who will presumably need to make a Monday start and show he is healthy before he can be moved.

 
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