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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: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 2:05 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

PhilliesR2C2, I'm going to add you to my favorite members list.  When Oswalt has a bad year this coming year, I will send you a message that says I TOLD YOU SO!   Oh and are you Roy Oswalt's agent? or are you Roy Oswalt himself because you make it sound like he (or you) are in a contract year....Just wondering...

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:56 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Oswalt is going to hit a wall this year and the Brass in Philly know it.  Thats why they signed Lee.  Oswalt was good, but he isn't any longer.  Halladay, Hamels and Lee are your top and Only 3.   Wainwright, Carpenter and Greinke get the nod over any combination of those 4 in philly.  Its close but when the Cards pull this trade off they will have the best top 3 rotation in Baseball.

That's nice wishful thinking MUtigerfan and we all appreciate your outlandish predictions, but I'm going to give you a few facts.  Despite his .500 record last year, Oswalt had a 2.76 ERA, 196 K's and led the NL in WHIP.  What, exactly, are you basing this predicition on?  His 2009 season, when he was battling injuries for the second half of the season? 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:54 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Here is the problem with baseball.  The contracts are 100% guarenteed.  When you have a small market team like KC or Pitt or Tampa, you have to spend your money wisely. you cant afford to have players sit on the bench hurt..... Now Should of Jose Guillen got 3 year 36 million dollar deal....NO but the fans were wanting Dayton Moore to do something so he gave him 36 mill....Shouldof Gil Mechee gotten 5 years 55 mill, NO but they had to over pay to get him.  These salaries are getting outrageous.  I mean come on 150+ million to play a game for 6 years weather your hurt or not....Who woulnt take that money.  Now I see the other way to....If owners are making money because they players are winning games they should be rewarded.  There just needs to be a salary system in place...If you win you get paid.  If you lose you get less.  I like that Baseball has the rule that you cant trade draft picks. But they need to have a Win and get more money rule too.  Or all the contracts need to be have a WIN incentive included in them.  So much money for winning 80 games, 90 games, 100 games....Do I blame the yankees for throwing around 100 million contracts like stocking stuffers...NO they have the money, so do it....but you cant keep bitching about not spending the money....None of this will ever happen because most of the players in MLB are Greedy, Egotistic, Cry Babies whould could care less about anything but the almighty dollar.   I love the game of baseball, but it hasnt been worth a damn since FA started.  If I was an owner, I would put winning incentives in every contract.   This TEAM wins 80 games you get $250,000....90 game's its worth another $500,000 to each player, Win 100 games and its worth $750,000 to each player.  Win 110 games and its a $1,000,000 bonus check.....Make the world series is another $250,000.......Without something like that the players dont care...Contract is signed they get paid if they play or not.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:52 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Zac deserves to be on a winning team.  I will miss him being in a Royals uniform.  I just dont' trust GM Moore getting enough in return!!!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:34 pm

Braves need this guy

Okay, so Philly has the 'sexy' pitching staff right now. Atlanta has a good staff, but if they were to trade for Greike, they would have a better 5 man rotation than the Phillies. Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Lowe, and Greinke would be among the best rotation in MLB easily. Jurrjens and Hanson being so young their head room is higher than the Phillies big 4 currently, which means eventually Atlanta could have a better rotation 1-4.

IMO, the Braves would be best off trying to get Zach in order to have a shot at the NL East.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:09 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Amen brother! I agree with you 100% about David Glass. The luxury tax money he receives (any team) SHOULD AND MUST be spent brining a quality player to KC. I am not talking about a Jose Guillen, Reggie Sanders or Scott Posednik either. Chicago just signed Adam Dunn for 14 million a year. Am I or any other Royal fan expected to believe the Royals could not have afforded an Adam Dunn?

The Royals are not that far off from winning. If David Glass would loosen the purse strings and Dayton Moore goes after the right guy(s) we could be right there.

There are far to many owners (Pittsburgh) who refuse to put a quality team on the field. This is just BAD for baseball. It is a shame the Selig and the owners do not see that.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:01 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

I would love to see Greinke go to the Yanks.  He does carry some concern.  The serious dropoff this season after his tremendous Cy Young season is troubling and makes him appear very unprofessional.  Many great players have gone into New York and struggled to perform there best under the pressure and scrutiny that comes with playing for the Yankees.  Still with the tremendous upside is definately worth going after.  If the Yankees do get him it would nead to be handled carefully.  Get a deal done quietly with little fanfare, and hope that he was simply discouraged last season with the Royals, and i do wonder how many good quality starts you can pitch without getting wins without is starting to get frustrating.  I have had Greinke in fantasy the past 2 years and was really amazed at how many times Greinke would pitch very well and leave games 0-0 or down 1-0.  If he can handle the pressure of the city I would love to see what he could do knowing that he has an offense that not only will allow his good pitching efforts be rewarded with wins, but also could get him out of trouble.  CC will just have to let him know that if he gives up 2 runs that its not a guaranteed loss like in KC.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:23 pm

Greinke asks to be traded


Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:20 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

Having now seen this and previously been an advocate for Greinke moving on to another mid-market team, I am changing my view. This sounds like yet another bratty, spoiled, impetuous, athlete. Further to Dave Andriesen's point, it is incredibly unprofessional that Zack didn't simply buck up every time he took the mound. Every day, every game in every organization is a try out.

This is not big league thinking by a young man with a ten cent head.

Let him find his way to the Yankees or Blue Jays. I no longer want to see him on any of the teams I follow, and in the AL East, he'll get a reality check.

Give me the hard hat and lunch pail approach of Roy Halladay every time. He kicked butt, did so quietly, and never let up.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:19 pm

Greinke asks to be traded

David Glass isn't committed to winning.  He's committed to taking the luxury tax money and sticking it in his pocket.  MLB should force owners who don't try to win to sell.  That should be part of the deal when an owner buys a team.  He should be told going it that if he can't produce a team that can compete he has to sell.  Glass bought the team in 2000.  In 11 Glass years they've had one winning season.  They've finished last 6 times and had four 100 loss years.

I know we're small market, I get it.  But most small market teams still have some winning seasons and occasionally make the playoffs.  The Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985.

He's an incompetent owner and needs to go now.  Selig needs to do something, but he's worthless too.

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