There’s been a lot of discussion on a lot of sites about Zack Greinke and his future with the Royals lately. I’ll throw in my two cents.
ZG needs to be moved. I like Zack, but he will help the franchise out in the long term more by being traded rather than staying. We owe ZG $27 M for the next 2 years. That money can be saved and reinvested immediately on the draft, international signings, scouting, and filler players for our 110 loss season next year. And maybe in 2012 as well.
Cliff Lee is the marquise name this off season with all the recent success he has had. Once Lee is off the market, ZG is unequivocally the next best pitcher. After that are Jorge de la Rosa who is working on an extension with the Rockies and Ted Lilly who re-signed last night with the Dodgers. I think GMDM has played this one perfectly so far. The team that picks up ZG will get two years of his service and it will be at a bargain for the players and salary they give up. However, for Kansas City, this is going to mark the legacy of Dayton and his staff. The scouts cannot miss on this one. We must take the best players available and not worry about positions of need. This cannot be a Beltran trade where we say I want this position, this position, and one of this position and two of that position. It must be the best players available.
There have been several teams that match up with the Royals in terms of speculation. The asking price is believed to be two MLB ready players and another top of the line prospect. Over the next few days we’ll venture into what each team can give the Royals.
The strongest candidates according to Buster Olney at ESPN are: Twins, Rockies, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves, Cubs, Reds, Rangers, and the Cardinals.