Greinke Demands Trade – Ball Game Changed

We had learned earlier this week that Zack Greinke had fired his agent, however, Jon Paul Morosi reported last night that the right-handed ace has also “unequivocally,” asked for a trade out of Kansas City:

“After Greinke switched representation from SFX Baseball to CAA, a high-ranking executive from another team told FOXSports.com, “He really wants out of K.C.” Separate major-league sources confirmed that Greinke has unequivocally asked the Royals to be traded.”

This changes everything. The Royals have been open about wanting to trade Greinke at some point before his contract expired in 2012, however this is the first time the usually reserved right-hander has made any public expression that the feeling was reciprocal. The power has now shifted in a giant swoop that has taken the Royals from having incredible bargaining power to almost none. They no longer have the two year buffer they had just a week ago. Now, Greinke almost must be traded before the start of Spring Training. 

The Nationals have been one of Greinke’s biggest suitors up to this point this winter, as general manager Mike Rizzo wants to put a top-of-the-line starter at the top of his staff in 2011. Things complicated this week though when it was revealed that Washington was one of the 15 teams Greinke had listed on his partial no-trade list, meaning that if the Nationals and Royals were able to make a deal, he would have to explicitly agree to come to Washington.

What complicates this situation so much is that it will now be much easier to get Kansas City to agree on a deal to acquire him than it was just a week ago. It is public knowledge that Greinke want’s out, and that the Royals are in a must sell situation. However, reports are also coming out that the former Cy-Young winner has grown increasingly tired of suffering through a career of losing with Kansas City. This leads me to believe that Greinke will only accept a trade to a winner, so if Washington offers up the right package to Kansas City, he will likely decline the trade.

The only hope the Nationals really have is that Greinke, a smart guy in his own right, sees the progress Washington has made in the last two years and decides its a train to hop on board of. I know that we around Washington like to believe that if we added a guy like Greinke, and Strasburg and Harper are ready to go in 2012, we could seriously compete for the pennant. Whether or not that’s sound reasoning, or our own fanship, I can’t say. 

Last week it looked like the club was only one player away from getting Kansas City to agree to a deal. Maybe, with recent events, that road block is out of the way.