Friday, September 24, 2010

What Would You Give Up for Zack Greinke?

According to multiple sources, the Royals may look to move Greinke this winter. While the rumors remain largely unsubstantiated, there are two reasons to believe that the writing is on the wall. First, Greinke's salary will jump $6.25 M in 2011, to $13.5 M. One could certainly argue that the Royals would not have signed Greinke to this extension last season had they not intended to keep him around for the next two seasons, but that leads into the second issue - Greinke's frustrated. It was reported last month that Greinke is not a strong believer in the Royals' rebuilding efforts. So far as I know, he hasn't really backed off of these statements.

I, for one, would hope that the Yankees are involved should Greinke hit the market. His previous issues with depression are a bit worrisome, considering the voracious nature of both the fans and media in New York, but his talent is simply undeniable. I wouldn't sell the farm for Greinke (Montero remains untouchable), and the Royals would be justified to hold out for a considerable haul ... but I'd keep an open mind. Nova, Warren, Laird, and Gardner, perhaps?

What sort of package would you offer?

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