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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: May 11, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:10 pm

Yah, you'll do... The Yanks

Yanks have a private jet heading to KC as we speak.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:56 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

It really irks me that with all the seasons the Royals have been "horrible", they still haven't been able to rise up with a crop of top picks to have an occasional great season... ala Florida twice and the Rays in more recent history.   To those of you making comments about Greinke being a "headcase" or throwing around other remarks about him being unstable, well I just don't think that's very fair!  Despite having some anxiety issues (which certainly doesn't make you a headcase), when he's on his stuff is electric!!!  I don't know of him lashing out at anyone, causing a scene or doing anything that would warrent some of the remarks he's getting on here.  I think like millions of Americans, he simply has some anxiety and because he's a professional athlete, that can be blown way out of porportion.

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.   Kansas City seems to pick a favorite player on the team and really cheer them on whether they are struggling or not (see Mike Sweeney for the previous 5-6 years before that transitioned to Greinke)   I hope maybe Alex Gordon finally has a break-through season, or maybe Billy Butler continues to imrove into that player.  It could be another pitcher (remember Luke Hochevar was a #1 over-all pick), or it could be one of several other highly anticipated top prospects we've been waiting for.

At any rate, it was good while it lasted and while I'll still continue to cheer for the Royals on occasion, I really do hope Greinke finds success somewhere else and is able to win a championship!

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:42 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

 You know that the Rangers had them on the radar, and you now know that Greinke is trying to get out..... Don't be surprised if Texas gets a little desperate and chucks Michael Young in a package in an attempt to get him.

 Not to say that Texas will succeed, but you just know that the Rangers are grumbling after losing the 7-8 Cliff Lee (yes, he was 7-8 with the Rangers if you include the postseason).

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:41 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Okay am I missing the name of his former agent in this article? Just wondering who else this guy has as clients.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:28 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Can you really blame him?
He wants to win, and the Royals won't even start fielding a somewhat competitive team till 3-4 years down the road.

At the very least this isn't sudden at all.   He has been dropping "hints" for a while now.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:28 pm

Greinke asks to be traded


Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:23 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

OK I was a little hard on him. He has had two good seasons.  My mistake. 

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:22 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Not motivated last year? Shows he not a true professional.  Sounds like him and Randy Moss should get together.  Nice to see him show the Royals loyalty, when he was diagnosed with his disorder they were there to help, when he was 2-17  they were behind him.  Nice job quitter.. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:21 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Best of luck to the team that gets Zack Greinke. He is overrated and is a head case. He is being paid alot of money and yet he admits to tanking it last season. Why does anyone think that him playing for a"winner" will change his attitude. Guys, competitors compete when they are on a bad team or on a good team. To admit that he only wants to play for a contender shows that he only cares about himself. He could have said "while I don't wish to play for a losing team I would like to think that the Royals are making a serious effort to improve the team and give the great fans of KC a baseball team they can be proud of. Now, if the Royals don't shows signs of improving the team then I will have no choice but to ask that they trade me to a team that IS intent on improving and getting into the playoffs. I'm not just demanding a trade because of money. As you have seen. I signed a long term deal to play for the lowly Royals with the promise that management would greatly improve the team. Thus far, the Royals have not kept their promise."

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:21 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

He will be a Twin soon.

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