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We have to believe that despite the idea of Greinke pitching in New York tough to imagine, that the Yankees and even the Mets would make a phone call. The Yankees could offer slugger Jesus Montero and/or left-hander Manny Banuelos as the headliner, and have the necessary pieces to compliment such a package deal. The Mets may not have said inventory, outside infield prospect Wilmer Flores and right-hander Jenrry Mejia, and Royals GM Dayton Moore may require more.
Moving forward with the thought that a smaller market club -- at least not the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies or Mets -- would suit Greinke better and give that club a better chance to extend the right-hander beyond 2012, the Texas Rangers could be major players for Greinke if they lose out on Cliff Lee this winter.
The Red Sox, like the Yankees, would likely make the phone call, and could be asked for right-hander Casey Kelly and shortstop Jose Iglesias as two pieces of a trade, but it's unknown whether the club wants to spend even more on their starting rotation right now after committing five years -- four more -- to John Lackey and extending Josh Beckett last year.
I don't think anyone envisions Zack Greinke pitching for New York or Boston. The dude once had social anxiety disorder so severe, that he considered quitting baseball.
Not to mention, the Sox won't ship two top notch prospects for another pitcher. The Rangers or Cardinals are the supposed front-runners.
Peter Gammons had this to say about Greinke on WEEI:
“I can’t believe [the Yankees would] ever trade for Greinke and try to have him pitch in New York. I think he’s better off pitching in Greenland.”
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