Getting Grienke?

There has been a slight wave of chatter involving the potential of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to acquire Kansas City Royals starter Zack Greinke. But there could be a major roadblock if the Reds were to possibly trade for Greinke. Greinke has a no-trade clause reports Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

But there are circumstances in which the righty could become a Red.

July 21, 2010 - Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America - 21 July 2010: Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

Is Greinke bound for Cincinnati? Image: Yardbarker

First of all, over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Greinke was able to block trades to 20 teams with use of the clause. That’s not saying he made use of the clause twenty times. While there is no definite listing of these teams, it is believed that this list includes mostly the larger-market clubs. You know, Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, etc. That leaves more than a glimmer of hope if you’re a Greinke fan.

After July 31 of next year, Greinke loses a bit of his position for use of the no-trade clause as it dwindles down to 15 teams even though his contract does not expire until after the 2012 season. Notice the date. That’s the non-waiver trade deadline. After that date, any deal involving Greinke would involve the waiver process. Even with a yearly number of $13.5 million, it’s almost a certainty that Greinke would be claimed by an AL team before he could even hit the NL side of the ledger.

Among the chatter is what could the Reds offer the Royals. An arm and a bat would be the minimum. Those that have suggested Yonder Alonso be included in a potential deal due to the “backlog” of first basemen in the Royals organization. That would lead the Royals to go another route…and possibly that route could involve players the Reds aren’t so willing to deal.

One other thing. Despite having that excellent season in 2009, Greinke has only had a winning percentage above .500 on one other occasion. In 2008 he was 13-10. It is difficult to maintain a winning record on a team that does not have success year-in, year-out, but the Royals actually finished with a better record in 2010 compared to 2009.

Lastly, do not think other teams won’t join in the pursuit either. As is the case with any possible deal, the team that presents the best package would retain Greinke’s services. I wonder if Walt Jocketty would be willing to construct such a deal.

Tags: Baseball Cincinnati Reds Kansas City Royals Pitching Zack Greinke

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