Sunday, December 19, 2010

Zack Greinke REALLY wants out of Kansas City

Reported to John Morosi of, informants affirm that Royals RHP Zack Greinke accepts changed over brokers and demanded the squad to be traded in, since, “He actually requires away from Kansas City.”

The 27-year-old Zack Greinke, who won the 2009 Cy Young award, will make $13.5 million for each one from the following 2 seasons, afterward which he could be a freelance.

Yesterday, Jon Heyman of said the Royals have been asking the Blue Jays to give up more than Kyle Drabeck and Travis Snider for Zack Greinke, which, according to a post last week from Buster Olney, the Jays are unwilling to do.

Jim Breen says the Brewers and Royals have reached a preliminary agreement that sends Greinke to Milwaukee for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress. He also says the Royals are throwing in Yuniesky Betacourt and cash as part of the deal. On Milwaukee’s Andrew Wagner says pitcher Jake Odorizzi is also heading to Kansas City as part of the trade.

No other reporters have been able to confirm the trade, but it wouldn’t be the first time the Brewers came out of nowhere to acquire a pitcher with little reporting surrounding the move. Tread cautiously until there’s official confirmation of the news, but recognize Zack Greinke will likely be traded and that Milwaukee is one of the candidates.

In his recent address to fans about the acquisition of free agent outfielder Jayson Werth and the team's plans for improvement in Phase II, the word "speed" had disappeared, but the Nats' GM once again reiterated that, "...championship teams are built on pitching, defense and athleticism." Gone are players that don't fit that description (see: Dunn, Adam; Willingham, Josh) and in are players like Roger Bernadina, who figures to take over in left, possibly splitting time with Michael Morse we're told unless some unforeseen move is made. Since the Werth signing it's been all bullpen arms, (and veteran bench-bat Matt Stairs) with hard throwers like Elvin Ramirez (a Rule 5 pick from the Mets' system), Henry Rodriguez (a flame-throwing reliever acquired from the A's in return for the Hammer yesterday), a recovering right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (whose future role is undefined) and today Chad Gaudin, a potential middle-relief option, all brought in to complement existing rotation and bullpen options and push for roles in the year '11 pen.

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