Lobby talk: Zack Greinke, Paul Konerko

December, 6, 2010
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers, as you might expect, are certainly interested in Royals RHP Zack Greinke. A few things about Greinke:

* I'm hearing the Royals may be more inclined to wait until Cliff Lee signs before pulling the trigger on any kind of deal. That makes sense in that once Lee goes, Greinke is by far the best pitcher available on the trade (or free agent) market. Of course, if they get a package they want on the table, that could change. But Greinke's value goes up some after Lee signs.

* The asking price is high and the club is interested in a gaggle of Rangers prospects. It's the usual names (Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers, Jurickson Profar, Engel Beltre, etc.). Texas would part with a package of prospects to get him, but it depends on what the overall package. Right now, it's a bit high. But Toronto sounds like they are interested and if the Yankees don't get Lee, they could be as well. Kansas City wants a certain package of players and they'll wait to see if they can get that (in other words, they'd like their own Mark Teixeira deal...who can blame them?). Apparently the Rangers are not on Greinke's no-trade list, but the Blue Jays are. He could, of course, waive that clause if a trade is in place with Toronto and he decides he wants out of Kansas City bad enough. The Rangers really like Profar, so I'm not sure if he would be included in a package. We'll see.

* The buzz around the lobby is that the White Sox will find a way to get a deal done with Paul Konerko. The Rangers are interested in the right-handed bat. They'd like a right-handed bat who can play first and complement left-handed hitting Mitch Moreland. Konerko could also DH. His agent is scheduled to meet with the White Sox today. We'll see if the Rangers can wiggle their way more into the discussion.

Headed back out to the lobby. GM Jon Daniels arrived late last night and his staff was expected to have some quick meetings before things really get cranking today.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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