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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: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:16 am

Greinke asks to be traded

The Yanks need him after losing out on Clifford and The Sox need him even more....the last time I looked Adrian Gonzo and Carl Crawford couldn't pitch!

Have you looked at the Yankees rotation lately? Boston's rotation has question marks but NY's is approaching desperation mode. I'll take my chances with two studs in Lester and Buchholz (who like Greinke, people once questioned his mental toughness) and former aces Beckett and Lackey having rebound years over C.C., Hughes, the trainwreck known as A.J. Burnett and MAYBE an ancient Andy Pettitte if NY is lucky enough to get him back by overpaying him.

Leaving aside the Sox and Yanks, the hate on Greinke is out of control. Part of his problem in the past was that he actually listened to the mean-spirited crap people said and wrote about him. He got back on track, won a Cy Young and yet haters still continue to focus solely on that low period in his life in addition to now calling him selfish, a quitter, etc. That's why I love to see guys succeed like Greinke and Josh Hamilton and even Joey Votto, whose heart and mental toughness were questioned by ignorant people after he went on the DL with depression following his father's death. Nothing is more satisfying than silencing loudmouth critics.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:03 am

let me clear my throat

boston and philly are two strong rivals

but at the end of the day
they are like two parasites feeding off of the back of a great white

at the end of the day the New York Yankees will reign supreme

Greinke and Felix.

Dont play with fire.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:58 am

Greinke asks to be traded

One can only hope this is an eye opener for a guy like David Glass.  What happens when Greinke leaves is this city becomes angry that the lack of a decent team around him ran him out of town.  And the only night the stands were full were the nights he pitched.  No more Greinke nights means no more decent nights at the K, if you could even call them that.  

I hope this hits the front office in the face.  That a guy who barely opened his mouth is now demanding things and firing his agent.  This speaks loudly about the entire lack of care of David Glass.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:58 am

Greinke asks to be traded

you want to WIN?

come to NY.

forget the pressure....chill out

and WIN

enough with the talk

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:43 am

Greinke asks to be traded

How about the Cubs    he would be a good fit

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:38 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Greinke is right.  He has pitched great ball for two straight years and has gotten little to show for it.  Unless you think that it is a good career move to pile up lots of no decisions due to the Royals lack of offense and poor defense.  The guy is in the prime of his career and the Royals have been in rebuilding mode since the George Brett/Frank White era.  With all of the great prospects they have collected over the years, you'd think that this club would be better.  They must really have a crappy minor league development program.  Which really is ironic, since they were the one and only team in MLB history to have a minor league baseball academy to train and develop their young players.  Perhaps KC should go back to that concept and soon.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:37 am

Greinke asks to be traded

my comment was for tigerjames79

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:35 am

Greinke asks to be traded

just a few years ago everyone would of saiid that about the detroit tigers they were horrible for years, so think before you write.

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:32 am

Greinke asks to be traded

EVEN with the Phillies staff of Halladay, Lee, Hamels, and Oswalt???  You must be dreaming?? That staff would be decent for the Braves..but by no means in the area code of the Phils'. Not a huge Phils fan....just sayin.  Cool

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:25 am

Greinke asks to be traded

The Truth - you forgot Hanson, their best pitcher....that would be one hell of a staff....but their bats don't come close to The Phils...even with Dominic Brown starting now that Werth left town....those post hype guys always seem to come from Philly....Pat Burrell being the last big one.

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