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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: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:22 am

Greinke asks to be traded

He does not deserve a thing.  He signed a contract. Not only a contract, but one that is guaranteed for more money than most people will ever see in a lifetime. Now he certainly has the right to approach the team and say he wants to be traded. I have no problem with that at all especially since the Royals ownership shows no commitment to winning and the general manager is clueless. However, having the right and deserving it are two different things. Do not compare his situation to Halladay either. Halladay was consistent for a long time after some early bumps. Greinke has not been consistent. One Cy Young does not a career make. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:14 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Not only does this guy have social anxiety disorder (not his fault but it has to cause concern), but he has the "I only play when I want to" mentality that Randy Moss made famous. I'd be wary of giving up a whole lot for this guy as a GM.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:56 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Well, last time I checked, the Giants had a pretty formidable rotation.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:54 am

Greinke asks to be traded


Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:52 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

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:48 am

Greinke asks to be traded

The concern about his attitude will disappear the day he is traded to your favorite team. There are a lot of players with bad "me first" attitudes, this one just happens to be good enough to be worth dealing with that. Anyway, when traded to a good team, he will meet his new team mates. That will include several veteran players who will be able to help him deal with these issues and just pitch and win games. His talent is being wasted in Kansas City. I'm a Braves fan, would be more then happy to see him traded to Atlanta. I'm sure most fans of any other team, will say the same thing.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:46 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Who will beat them in the NLCS?
Please just tell me one team that is more balanced on paper.  I am a Phillies fan and it is not a foregone conclusion that they win it all or anything like that.  I just want to know how any knowledgeable basebal
l fan could think that a team with Halladay and Lee (and Oswalt and Hamels) isn't the favorite to win the NL.  

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:42 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Greinke you are complete joke.  As a life long KC fan it is damn near impossible for KC to compete in MLB unless you get extremely lucky in the draft like the Rays did.  Or get the moon in a trade like texas did a couple years back.  KC is doing the right thing here.  Pitching is a premium in MLB and KC holds the chips here.  Greinke is a spoiled little punk who obviously just went through the motions last year.  that would def raise a big time red flag if I was another team going for him.  He can demand all the trades he  wants to and limit his teams etc but he outta be thankful KC stayed with him during his two year mental debacle.  I can't wait to see him go to a contender and pitch in a real pressure game because he will fold and get rocked trust me.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:32 am

Greinke asks to be traded

Oswalt will go like 9-16 this year.  Write it down. Go to vegas.  Remember Jason Werth signed eslewhere.  Everybody else is a year older in that O and was Ryan Howard really worth that much?   You still have Chase Utley.  But Jimmy Rollins hit a wall last year not only did he get hurt he Had the lowest BA he has ever had.  Phillies will win the East and it will be by 12-15 games but I bet they lose in the NLCS. 

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:27 am

Greinke asks to be traded

The Brewers would be happy to have him, and would rocket to the top of their division with Greinke added to the rotation that has already added Marcum. Go Brewers in 2011!

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