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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. FOXSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:42 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

I can appreciate the fact the Greinke now wants to be traded as he has languished long enough in KC, and the team is not getting any better.  Personally, I would like to see both KC and the Pirates just fold their tents all together and reduce the mediocrity of some baseball teams as it is.  As far as Mr. Greinke, I don't know what his team preference list is, but with his anxiety issues its going to have to be another small market team, which could mean another medicore team one just slightly better than KC.  If he is looking to upgrade team wise, he may need to look at the Twinns, Cincy, Milwaukee, Texas, or maybe a stretch. St. Louis.  I would bet with some run support he coult be a 18-20 game winner, he still has the stuff and is still fairly young. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

lumpoco - I find it strange that a few days ago people were saying he's a mental midget and can't handle pressure and now that he says he wants to play for a winning team instead of the Royals (who DOES want to play for the Royals?) you're criticizing him for being selfish and because he didn't articulate his reasons to your liking. If you think about it, he's doing KC a favor because they'll never be competitive while he's still in his prime (and probably not even after his prime) and they'll be sure to get several top prospects in return for him, so they can continue their perpetual rebuilding process. I hope he does well for no other reason than because so many people are so irrationally critical of him.

jhuntin1 - speaking of being irrationally critical, are you sure you should be so hard on Greinke considering your own apparent anger management issues?




Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:34 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

I would absolutely love to see the Yankees grab him. The first bit of adversity and he would sitting under his bed drooling and babbling incoherently. If Zack had social anxiety in KC, what would NY do to him? Although at least in New York he would have Bellevue right around the corner.





Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:32 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

I'd like to see Zach Greinke get traded to the Angels or the Rangers. I think the AL West would be a good division for him, and both teams could really use him. Anything other than him going to the Red Sox.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:31 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

  I'm so $%^%ing tired of the Royals. (first of all great job Zack,get the hell out Royal blue, because they have no intention of building a team around you or anyone else who is or will be a royal.) most of the posts here say were 3 to 4 years away from rebuilding. Bullshi%.  I am a loyal loyal fan(excuse me was) since i was born in 1968. The 70's and 80's were a great time to be a royals fan. No Major League team has been as bad as the Royals since 1990. Atleast teams like the Cubs have winning, exciting years here and there, not the Royals. I was getting excited 3 years ago and thought they were finally making some moves in the right direction. But i was stupid' no i was loyal in believing this, and that's why i'm giving up, because when i hear 3 ot 4 years rebuilding i know that is crap because that is what i thought 3 years ago. But in reality the Royals organazation has been telling us these are rebuilding years since 1988. You have lost a true fan, anyone who knows would not believe what i'm writing about, that's how bad the royals are. I am know a true New York Yankees fan, i might as well be on a winning team, who never rebuilds they just get better.  Good Bye Royals you suck donkey dic#$



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

OK... so he wants to play for a team that's working toward winning, but he doesn't want to play for the Yankees or Red Sox. Anybody find that odd? He's ruled out half the teams in MLB?



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:21 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

For everyone getting on him about asking for a trade, you are idiots. KC has been shopping him around and thats all he and his family have been hearing on the news. I would put my foot down too and tell them to trade and trade me soon. Why would he want to start the year in KC when he knows he is going to be gone. He is just providing the extra push it will take to force the deal to happen sooner. He owes nothing to KC they have been shopping him for a couple years.

I do think this guy is over rated and I would love to see the Yankees pick him up and spend big dollars locking him up for a long time.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

Wierdest story of the year if Yanks lose Lee but get Greinke.  (Too bad ain't gonna happen.)




Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

"I wish you the best of luck Zach!  We'll really miss you here in KC, where at least for one amazing season, you basically captivated the entire town.  That being said, you know we were with you the entire time, good times, mediocre and occasionally even bad.  I'm just sorry that even with a top 10 pick all but one season in the past 10, we weren't able to muster up a team even resembling something that's competative."


That was so nice, I think I am going to shed a tear.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Greinke asks to be traded

What a headcase mental patient. Just take your money and act like a professional, not like some two bit punk. I don't know if I would want some cry baby psycho who tanked a season because he didn't feel motivated. How about using your pride as motivation, you loser. That should be motivation enough. Now the Randy Moss of the Royals wants a trade. I hope the Royals let him rot there. Face it Zack, your a one hit wonder. Good riddance you piece of garbage.




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