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Zack Greinke Rumors: Kansas City Royals Interested In Signing Greinke This Winter

Zack Greinke back with the Kansas City Royals?

Well, don't count on it Royals fans, but Kansas City management at least wants it to happen. Or at least they're pretending like they do, either one.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals haven't ruled out making a run at their one-time ace when he hits the free agent market this coming winter.

Greinke said earlier in the year that he himself wouldn't rule out a return to Kansas City, and that he enjoyed his time with the Royals. Certainly, that bodes well for Kansas City.

However, Greinke is going to command a lot of money this offseason. He'll receive a longterm contract likely north of five years, and definitely north of $100 million dollars. Will the Royals be able to afford that and rebuild?

Further, Greinke wants to play for a winner. The Royals, as currently constructed, are not a winner, and they are not a Greinke away from contention next year. It's likely that the Royals will be competing with teams such as the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and maybe the Los Angeles Angels in free agency this winter -- all teams who stand a better chance of winning in the immediate future.

We'll see how the whole Greinke saga plays out, but the next chapter has to be written first, as the Brewers will likely trade their ace prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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