Finding Zack Greinke's price point
The asking price for Zack Greinke, rival executives say, is off the charts right now. Greinke won the Cy Young Award in 2009, he will be pitching for a reasonable salary for the next couple of years, and there is very little impact pitching available on the open market. So Dayton Moore, the Royals' general manager, is asking for the sun and the moon and first-born male children, plus some really good pitching prospects -- which is what he should do.
But that doesn't mean that asking price will hold. Rival officials think Moore will gradually reduce his asking price, bit by bit, until someone says yes. Because now is the best time to trade Greinke, who is making it more and more apparent that he wants out of Kansas City.
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