Now that Cliff Lee is reportedly signing with the Philadelphia Phillies it's time to look back at potential Zack Greinke landing spots. The Kansas City Royals were waiting on Lee to sign before getting serious about Greinke, according to reports. Now that that's happened, where might Greinke end up?
The Phillies are ruled out, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, especially after the Lee deal.
The Phillies have not had any substantive talks with the Royals regarding Zack Greinke, sources say. You can rule that one out.
Crasnick goes on to write that the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers may not have enough to get Greinke.
Baseball sources said that Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore is actively gauging the market for Greinke, and that both the Yankees and Rangers rank down the list of potential fits for Greinke. The reason: Neither team has enough of the commodity that Moore is seeking in trade.
We go back and forth on the Yankees but Joel Sherman of the NY Post writes on Monday night that they won't be going hard after Greinke.
that Zack is different, not built for NY and that is key why they would not play big for Zack even if don't get Lee
And on Tuesday, Sherman continues:
Asked multiple officials between last nite and today all say King Felix not available nor is anything else ace level in trade mart except Greinke, and Yankees just don't believe he can handle NY
The Blue Jays? ESPN's Buster Olney wrote over the weekend they may not have enough to get Greinke either -- or at least not enough they're willing to give up.
Heard this: The Blue Jays are not close on a Zack Greinke deal, and have no intention of giving up Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider for him.
The Nationals are reportedly "aggressively pursuing" but they probably don't have enough to make a deal, the Washington Post writes.
"I don't see Washington having enough to do a deal with Kansas City," the source said. "I don't see that they have enough to offer unless they were willing to discuss a Desmond or a Jordan Zimmermann, and I don't see that happening. I can't see anyone else for Kansas City that gets them excited enough to do it."