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Greinke deals still being discussed

Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 8:49 pm
 
Zack Greinke A Zack Greinke deal won't be done quickly, but more and more around here it's sounding like it will get done.

There does, however, appear to be some tension between the Royals and the perceived leader for the 2009 Cy Young-winner, the Rangers. The Royals feel the Rangers are low-balling them and the Rangers feel like the Royals are asking for too much, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes .

"We're going to move slow with it and [wait] until we get the right type of deal if, indeed, we move on it," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Star. "It's no different than any other year. I could give you examples -- I won't, but I could -- where we've been close to dealing Zack or other players in the past if we got the right pieces. We didn't get the right piece included."

So what's the right piece? It appears to start with two top prospects, one of them being a pitcher.

From Texas, the Royals want shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Engel Beltre and a pitcher or two among the group of Derek Holland, Tanner Scheppers and Martin Perez.

"Our challenge is how we go about doing it when you're both considering high dollar players as well as a package of young players," Ranger general manager John Daniels told writers (via MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan ). "That's the nature of our job, balancing the short-term and the long-term. What gives us the best chance to win this year while building around a core team that's maturing, but also considering our goal of being competitive year in and year out."

The Royals have also been talking to the Blue Jays, and Toronto could have Greinke now for pitcher Kyle Drabek and outfielder Travis Snider.

One team that's not in the Greinke talks is the Reds.

"I haven't had any discussions with them," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Reds reporters (via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Greinke deals still being discussed

Good to hear the Royals are attempting to actually win on one of these trades. After cutting Josh Fields, they officially got absolute garbage for the then-most-popular player Mark Teahen who was the only major leaguer on the team (no star, but at least belonged) who knew there was a strike zone. Subsequent most popular player David DeJesus gets sent to the A's...for two not real prospects. The Royals could have done better. The problem with sending out Greinke is that it once again puts them 3 years away (at LEAST). You gotta have a stud pitcher or you have no chance. Without him, they won't even have a #2 starter. Mazzaro becomes their ace. And then his career will be ruined, too.


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