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Landing Greinke will take a blockbuster

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08:47 AM ET 11.15 | Zack Greinke's name has surfaced as an alternative to the free agency, and while the Royals aren't eager to move him, they haven't ruled it out. "We're not looking to trade anybody," Royals GM Dayton Moore said even before moving [David] DeJesus. "But this year isn't any different than any other year. You always have to evaluate opportunities to improve your team for the current situation and also long-term." With Greinke due to make a club-high $13.5 million each of the next two seasons, and a 15-team no-trade clause kicking in for 2011, it will not be a smooth road to a deal.

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November 15, 2010  09:19 AM ET

Duh
Thank you Mr Obvious...

November 15, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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DuhThank you Mr Obvious...

Let me get this straight. Dayton Moore will listen to offers? Huh. I wondered what those guys did with their time.

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November 15, 2010  10:16 AM ET

If its going to take a blockbuster deal to land Zach Grienke then things are worse off than I thought in the MLB.

How can a sub .500 pitcher with a career 3.82 era command a huge deal?? This is a direct effect of a watered down market caused by a non capped league. When the Zach Grienke's of the world are involved in blockbuster deals its a sign of bad things to come!!!

November 15, 2010  10:21 AM ET
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If its going to take a blockbuster deal to land Zach Grienke then things are worse off than I thought in the MLB. How can a sub .500 pitcher with a career 3.82 era command a huge deal?? This is a direct effect of a watered down market caused by a non capped league. When the Zach Grienke's of the world are involved in blockbuster deals its a sign of bad things to come!!!

The blockbuster deal would be a trade, not a big dollar FA signing.

November 15, 2010  10:29 AM ET
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If its going to take a blockbuster deal to land Zach Grienke then things are worse off than I thought in the MLB. How can a sub .500 pitcher with a career 3.82 era command a huge deal?? This is a direct effect of a watered down market caused by a non capped league. When the Zach Grienke's of the world are involved in blockbuster deals its a sign of bad things to come!!!

im pretty sure on almost anyother team he would be well above .500 he constantly puts up 6-7+ innings then the bullpen blows up..

November 15, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Someone may have to offer a blockbuster for him, but he is not worth one. Fragile pitcher.

November 15, 2010  10:52 AM ET
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This is a direct effect of a watered down market caused by a non capped league.

i don't think he deserves to get a blockbuster deal, or signing because of his fragility, but...why is the watered down market the fault of the lack of a cap? I thought it had more to do with expansion.

November 15, 2010  11:00 AM ET
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Landing Grienke will take a blockbusterNo, it won't. Much Better pitchers than Greinke with more reasonable and longer term contracts have been traded recently without comanding "blockbuster" deals. Greinke is not that good anyway. I can think of probably a couple dozen pitchers I'd take over him.

The name Oliver Perez comes to mind when I think of a player I'd rather have than Greinke. Oh wait, the Mets already have Perez. Scratch that. Get Omar Minaya back at the helm and trade everyone for Greinke. Even throw in a few of those Cleveland Indians scrubs too. Thats a s*** sandwich of a deal!

November 15, 2010  11:38 AM ET
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he gave up at leat 4 runs a start last year...it ain't all on the pen

Maybe he just needs some seasoning

November 15, 2010  11:42 AM ET
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he gave up at leat 4 runs a start last year...it ain't all on the pen

Last year was a bit of a back slide (apparently) over the prior two years. Having not watched him much, I have no idea how much the KC defense and relievers allowing inherited runners to score factored in. He's signed for two more years, so I imagine that by the end of his contract everyone will have a better feel for whether he's an Ace or an inconsistent middle of the rotation pitcher. Right now, nobody knows.

November 15, 2010  11:44 AM ET
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Maybe he just needs some seasoning

Well he is only 26 & will be 28 when he ends his current contract. It's hard to tell when you pitch for a doormat with a lot of guys playing behind you who should be in AAA .

November 15, 2010  11:48 AM ET

If Greinke was in a competitive team his stats would be much better. Take a look at the run support he has gotten: absolutely terrible for an ace pitcher. Fragile? In '09 and in '10 he has started 66 games (4th of all pitchers).

Greinke has gotten a bad rep for having a personal issue in '02. Nobody here has had a personal issue I gather. Give the guy a break. The Blue Jays will be a great fit for Greinke; AL EAST exposure without the hassles on NY and Boston.

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November 15, 2010  12:14 PM ET
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If Greinke was in a competitive team his stats would be much better. Take a look at the run support he has gotten: absolutely terrible for an ace pitcher. Fragile? In '09 and in '10 he has started 66 games (4th of all pitchers). Greinke has gotten a bad rep for having a personal issue in '02. Nobody here has had a personal issue I gather. Give the guy a break. The Blue Jays will be a great fit for Greinke; AL EAST exposure without the hassles on NY and Boston.

I think Kyle Drabek, Rickey Romero, Travis Snider and Travis D'Arnaud for Greinke and Alex Gordon would be what it takes for the Jays to pull it off. They'd be set with a good pitching rotation.

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November 15, 2010  12:35 PM ET
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If Greinke was in a competitive team his stats would be much better. Take a look at the run support he has gotten: absolutely terrible for an ace pitcher. Fragile? In '09 and in '10 he has started 66 games (4th of all pitchers). Greinke has gotten a bad rep for having a personal issue in '02. Nobody here has had a personal issue I gather. Give the guy a break. The Blue Jays will be a great fit for Greinke; AL EAST exposure without the hassles on NY and Boston.

Mentally fragile.

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