Rangers not favored to land Zack Greinke

December, 13, 2010
12/13/10
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That's according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who has a story up now about the market for Zack Greinke, considered by many as a fallback position for the loser of the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, whether that's the Texas Rangers or New York Yankees.

Part of Crasnick's article:
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.

The Royals have a wealth of pitching talent in the minor leagues, a hot first base prospect in Eric Hosmer, an elite young third baseman in Mike Moustakas and a hard-hitting catcher, Wil Myers, who is probably going to have to shift to the outfield in the majors. As a result, sources say, Moore has focused on adding up-the-middle position players who are close to major league ready. And neither the Yankees nor the Rangers provide the best match for Kansas City.

The Yankees do have three catchers -- Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine -- among their top six prospects, according to Baseball America. Infield prospect Eduardo Nunez would likely be part of a Yankees trade package, and sources said that outfielder Brett Gardner's name has come up in conversations between the clubs. But it appears that package wouldn't be enough to pry Greinke loose from the Royals.

The Rangers, similarly, lack position players who are close to contributing in the big leagues anytime soon. Shortstop Jurickson Profar, Texas' No. 2 prospect, is 17 years old and spent last season with Spokane in the short-season Northwest League. Outfielder Engel Beltre, Texas' fifth-ranked prospect, split last season between Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Frisco.

So which teams are best poised to make a serious run at Greinke? Sources pointed to the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals as clubs that have been active in their pursuit of Greinke. The Milwaukee Brewers have also expressed interest in Greinke, but don't appear to have enough talent in their system to pull off a deal with the Royals.

So that's one pitching trade front, along with Matt Garza, to watch whenever Lee makes a decision.

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