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Greinke open to joining Yankees

Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 5:42 pm
Zack Greinke Conventional wisdom has been that Zack Greinke would be an awful fit in New York. Greinke has struggled with social anxiety disorder and then there's the whole "being a Yankee" thing and New York City and all that.

That thought was reinforced last month when it was revealed that the Yankees were one of the teams on Greinke's no-trade clause.

On Tuesday, Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan talked to a "source close to the right-hander" who said Greinke would actually welcome a trade to the Bronx.

"I don't think he'd rule out anybody," the source tells Passan, a Kansas City resident. "He says he likes New York. Especially because they're winners. He wants to go to a team that wins."

As for the no-trade clause listing large-market teams, the source tells Passan that picking those teams was for leverage. Greinke can submit 15 teams this season to which he can block a trade for 2011, but his no-trade privileges expire following the season.

After Cliff Lee, there's no real front-line starter on the free-agent market, and Greinke would be a suitable second choice (and some would argue first choice) over Lee for either the Yankees or Rangers.

Greinke, 27, had a down season in 2010, going 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA, a year after winning the Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA. Many have tied his down year to losing interest with the losing Royals. He's publicly expressed his frustration with the Royals' losing ways and is signed through 2012, earning $13.5 million in each of the next two seasons before reaching free agency.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:32 am

Greinke open to joining Yankees

Lets see... he "lost interest with the losing  losing ways" at 13.5 million a year.  That is a hell of a lot of money to lose interest!  Much like Jason Bay when he was with the Pirates Greinke needs to man up and elevate his play rather than make excuces about the team losing affecting his performance! His numbers from last year are terrible!  How does pitching worse and having no heart make you more valuable?! Being a winner comes from inside of you not the team you play for!! I get so sick of hearing about how these "so called superstars" complain about how bad their teams are when they themselves play awful!!! If he played like 2009 every year then he can call management out and demand better support! 

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:52 pm

Greinke open to joining Yankees

What, if anything have we learned from Ed Whitson. Kenny Rogers, Carl Pavano and A.J. Burnett?

Some guys are cut out for New York (Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui) and some guys are cut out for San Diego or Milwaukee.

Let's not waste precious farm system talent on another Jimmy Foxx (sorry for  bringing that up, Red Sox fans)

Get Cliff Lee, get Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, sign the old guys up and let's enjoy our upcoming Summer.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:37 pm

Greinke open to joining Yankees

All due respect, but let me channel my inner John Gruden:

Zach Grienke, this guy, this is a guy who cracked in the pressure cooker that is Kansas City, Jaws! I just don't see how this guy can possibly operate in New York City! But this guy..Grienke...this guy has a ton of talent!!

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