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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 24, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:02 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

that would be sick Greinke as the 4th or 5th.. WOW



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:00 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

could you imagine that.. that would be sick. Greinke would be the 4th or 5th... lol




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:49 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

your comment is a complete joke. Greinke has spent the last 2 years there, pitching his heart out for a non-contender. He deserves a chance to play for a contender and pitch that "pressure" game once in his career. Its quite clear that the Royals arent going to bring it to him. Get your shit straight before you post. Your an idiot


Hey Twinsfan22 a bit of advice.

Prior to calling someone else an "idiot" or telling anyone to perhaps you should learn the difference between YOUR and YOU'RE.  See there is this amazing thing called a contraction and that's when you........nevermind.





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:44 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

I can see the Kansas City Royals when they signed Zach Greinke talking about him being apart of the plan to rebuild the Royals. Only one Problem they are still in a rebuilding mode. I do not know how much money the get in luxury tax money from the likes of the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, or New York Yankees. No matter what it has to be substantial then the Royals dangle him like a piece of meat and his agent was happy to go along thinking his cut would a lot more=status quo. Zach would probably be happy on a team that at least has a chance at winning instead of being the cellar dweller year in year out. Teams like the Cardinals, White Sox. Rangers. Rockies.  Would all love to have him. Good luck Zach.



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:43 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

This guy basically quit on his team last year.  The team that many say was very good to him.

When things go wrong on his next team, what's he going to do, sulk and quit again?  Demand a trade?

That being said, the Royals practically have to trade him, or else deal with another half hearted effort.



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:37 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

Send him to the Phillies...we still have a spot in the rotation.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:32 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

can't blame zack, as a life long sufferer of being a Royals fan, im surprised he even signed the extension when he did. Its been great having Greinke play here, Kauffman would double in crowds every time he pitched. Will root for this weird smart awksrd kid where ever he goes. He' definately a good interview waiting to happen...




Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:27 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

OK so what did the Royals tell him when he signed that big contract, got that big bonus about the future of the Royals, that he bought in to?  The Royals haven't won anything since the Brett times.  As usual he signed the contract, took the money, then all of a sudden lost his concentration and desire to play and won't give his best effort and DEMANDS a trade.  BS.  Make him live up to the contract even if it means pitching the minors for the next two years, see what major league team wants him then.  And since when does a pitcher with a 60-62 lifetime record with a 3.82 lifetime ERA deserve the title of "Number One Pitcher"?  Even with his big year, the last two years he was 26-22 with an ERA of about 3.50, that's number one!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:26 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

OK so what did the Royals tell him when he signed that big contract, got that big bonus about the future of the Royals, that he bought in to?  The Royals haven't won anything since the Brett times.  As usual he signed the contract, took the money, then all of a sudden lost his concentration and desire to play and won't give his best effort and DEMANDS a trade.  BS.  Make him live up to the contract even if it means pitching the minors for the next two years, see what major league team wants him then.  And since when does a pitcher with a 60-62 lifetime record with a 3.82 lifetime ERA deserve the title of "Number One Pitcher"?  Even with his big year, the last two years he was 26-22 with an ERA of about 3.50, that's number one!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:25 am
 

Greinke asks to be traded

OK so what did the Royals tell him when he signed that big contract, got that big bonus about the future of the Royals, that he bought in to?  The Royals haven't won anything since the Brett times.  As usual he signed the contract, took the money, then all of a sudden lost his concentration and desire to play and won't give his best effort and DEMANDS a trade.  BS.  Make him live up to the contract even if it means pitching the minors for the next two years, see what major league team wants him then.  And since when does a pitcher with a 60-62 lifetime record with a 3.82 lifetime ERA deserve the title of "Number One Pitcher"?  Even with his big year, the last two years he was 26-22 with an ERA of about 3.50, that's number one!


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