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07:16 AM ET 08.06 | Kansas City ace Zack Greinke didn't seem as caught up in "raves from outside the organization" relating to the Royals farm as the franchise might be on the whole. "The biggest problem is I have two more years on my contract. Are those guys supposed to make it up by the beginning of next year?" Tell him, yes, some are projected to reach the majors next year, and Greinke just shakes his head. ... "It's been six years with me, and most people (who are Royals fans) have been through a lot more than I have. But for me, it's the third complete re-start/rebuilding phase." Would he be happier elsewhere? "I like Kansas City," Greinke said. "It's a town that fits me pretty well. But I don't know ... at least put a team together that has a fighting chance (to win)."

Kansas City Star

 Zack Greinke, AP Zack Greinke, AP
August 6, 2010  07:46 AM ET

He'll get his chance to bolt soon enough. It's too bad because at one time the Royals were one of the best run franchises in all of baseball.

August 6, 2010  08:38 AM ET

translation.....I'm freakin outta here in two years!

August 6, 2010  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

translation.....I'm freakin outta here in two years!

....if the Royals don't show mercy on me and trade me before then.

August 6, 2010  09:10 AM ET

Trade him to Pittsburgh.

August 6, 2010  09:47 AM ET

this kid needs to play in a small market. Remember his depression / anxiety issues from a few years back? If he was having that trouble in KC, of all place, imagine him in pinstripes...

August 6, 2010  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He'll get his chance to bolt soon enough. It's too bad because at one time the Royals were one of the best run franchises in all of baseball.

that's the truth....ever since John Schuerholz left for ATL this team has been run horribly

August 6, 2010  10:10 AM ET

Come to Detroit, mid size market and an owner who will spend to put a contender on the field.

August 6, 2010  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

that's the truth....ever since John Schuerholz left for ATL this team has been run horribly

A lot of that has to do with the deaths of their owners Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman. They didn't have an owner for almost five years. Now their owner is a former Walmart owner and he runs the Royals like you would run Walmart - ALWAYS LOW PRICES, ALWAYS.

Good point about Schuerholz though. The team hasn't stood a chance without him.

August 6, 2010  10:19 AM ET

Bob Dutton's article on Zack Greinke has bothered me today. Its not surprising that Greinke is frustrated about the third rebuilding phase during his tenure as a Royal. Zack's always been brutally honest and I think he's right when he says that it won't be until 2014 before the team is more competitive. Greinke's contract expires between now & then and I wouldn't be surprised if he took a big money offer to go somewhere else. So... It is becoming more obvious by the day that the Royals should trade Greinke to build their team for the long haul. I started looking at which teams might be able to afford to heavy prospect price tag in the event that Greinke was traded. I locked in on one team... the Rays. In my mind, the Rays are the perfect fit. They have perhaps the deepest amount of prospects in positions that are areas of need for the Royals, yet have a need in the areas where the Royals are the strongest.

Rays Needs:

A dominant Ace to pair with David Price
A right fielder
A more experienced second baseman
A closer for when Betancourt is hurt

The Royals have players that fit all of these needs, which gives them options if they decided to complete a blockbuster trade in the off season. Here are some of the players in the Rays position of strength that they could have to offer:

Jeff Niemann - #4 starter in the rotation right now (10 wins already)
Wade Davis - #5 starter in rotation
Reid Brignac - Shortstop and second baseman
Desmond Jennings - CF / Leadoff hitter - # 6 prospect in the league
Jeremy Hellickson - P - #18 prospect in the league
Matt Moore - LHP - #35 prospect

Trade:
If I'm Dayton Moore, I want young guys that can play next season so its not just another wasted year. This deal I am proposing would make sense to both franchises.

Rays would get:
Zac Greinke - #1 starter with David Price as #2
David Dejesus - RF or 4th Outfielder
Mike Aviles - Immediately becomes their starting second baseman.

Royals would get:
Jeff Niemann - #1 starter for the Royals in 2011 (28 years old in 11)
Jeremy Hellickson - #2 starter for the Royals in 2011 (24 years old in 11)
Desmond Jennings - Starting center fielder and leadoff hitter in 2011 (25 years old in 11)
Reid Brignac - Could play short stop, with Getz at second. This would allow the Royals to give two young guys playing time, while they wait for Christian Colon to develop. (25 years old in 11)

Those could be the extra pieces the Rays need to win the world series, while allowing the Royals to build a foundation for years to come. What do you think?

August 6, 2010  10:23 AM ET

Also - TB is only a short drive from Greinke's hometown of Orlando. It would be a great fit for a guy that once conquered an anxiety disorder.

August 6, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Come to Detroit, mid size market and an owner who will spend to put a contender on the field.

You think the Royals would actually deal him within the division?

August 6, 2010  10:46 AM ET

If the Rangers can't re-sign Cliff Lee I could see them trading for Greinke.

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August 6, 2010  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Bob Dutton's article on Zack Greinke has bothered me today. Its not surprising that Greinke is frustrated about the third rebuilding phase during his tenure as a Royal. Zack's always been brutally honest and I think he's right when he says that it won't be until 2014 before the team is more competitive. Greinke's contract expires between now & then and I wouldn't be surprised if he took a big money offer to go somewhere else. So... It is becoming more obvious by the day that the Royals should trade Greinke to build their team for the long haul. I started looking at which teams might be able to afford to heavy prospect price tag in the event that Greinke was traded. I locked in on one team... the Rays. In my mind, the Rays are the perfect fit. They have perhaps the deepest amount of prospects in positions that are areas of need for the Royals, yet have a need in the areas where the Royals are the strongest.Rays Needs:A dominant Ace to pair with David PriceA right fielderA more experienced second basemanA closer for when Betancourt is hurtThe Royals have players that fit all of these needs, which gives them options if they decided to complete a blockbuster trade in the off season. Here are some of the players in the Rays position of strength that they could have to offer:Jeff Niemann - #4 starter in the rotation right now (10 wins already)Wade Davis - #5 starter in rotationReid Brignac - Shortstop and second basemanDesmond Jennings - CF / Leadoff hitter - # 6 prospect in the league Jeremy Hellickson - P - #18 prospect in the leagueMatt Moore - LHP - #35 prospectTrade:If I'm Dayton Moore, I want young guys that can play next season so its not just another wasted year. This deal I am proposing would make sense to both franchises.Rays would get:Zac Greinke - #1 starter with David Price as #2David Dejesus - RF or 4th OutfielderMike Aviles - Immediately becomes their starting second baseman.Royals would get:Jeff Niemann - #1 starter for the Royals in 2011 (28 years old in 11)Jeremy Hellickson - #2 starter for the Royals in 2011 (24 years old in 11)Desmond Jennings - Starting center fielder and leadoff hitter in 2011 (25 years old in 11)Reid Brignac - Could play short stop, with Getz at second. This would allow the Royals to give two young guys playing time, while they wait for Christian Colon to develop. (25 years old in 11) Those could be the extra pieces the Rays need to win the world series, while allowing the Royals to build a foundation for years to come. What do you think?

What do i think?
About the first thing or the second thing?

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August 6, 2010  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Manifesto.

my favorite cigars! oh you didn't say Monte Cristo did ya?

Nevermind!

August 6, 2010  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

What was that middle part again?

the best part of the women dude!! come on!!

 
August 6, 2010  11:58 AM ET

Zack, you shoulda gone to Miami with LBJ and Bosh.

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