Kansas City Royals P Zack Greinke is under contract through the 2012 season. He's expressed some concern with the Royals' rebuilding efforts making some wonder whether he would even sign an extension with the Royals. If he won't sign, then the Royals know they'll have to deal Greinke at some point.
We know that the Royals will listen to offers for Greinke.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports some details of Greinke's contract, specifically the no-trade clause, via multiple league sources.
The last two seasons Greinke has been able to block trades to 20 teams. In 2011, that number shrinks to 15 -- but for only half the season. That ends on July 31, 2011, the non-waiver trade deadline.
This year, the clause would have permitted the Royals to trade him to mostly small-market teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays. Greinke could have blocked deals to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, among other big-market teams.
Greinke will be making $13.5 million over the next two seasons so the Royals will have to make a decision on what to do with him. One thing's for sure: they'll definitely be getting offers for him leading up to July 31, 2011.