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.
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