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Zack Greinke Trade Candidates: Rangers, Brewers, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Nationals And Yankees

The trade rumors surrounding Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke are continuing to flow in and Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that, as expected, the Royals won't be trading Greinke until a deal with Cliff Lee is done someplace. As we've explained, waiting on Lee makes plenty of sense because it would give the Royals leverage once he's the top pitcher on the (potential) market.

Knobler says the Royals left the MLB Winter Meetings "more convinced than ever" Greinke will be traded.

Knobler also reports the names of teams interested:

So where does Greinke go? That's much less certain, but officials familiar with the talks said four to five teams have been most aggressive. That group includes the Rangers, Brewers, Blue Jays, Dodgers and Nationals. Royals officials also continue to believe that the Yankees will pursue Greinke strongly if New York loses out on Lee.

The Marlins are also a team that's called but there was nothing there, according to a report. The Yankees' interest has previously been shot down by New York beat writers who say the Yankees don't believe Greinke would play in New York.

Just wait for the Lee deal to go through and then we'll start to see come clarity.

Check out Royals Review for more on Greinke trade rumors.