Though Kansas City starter Zack Greinke has a no-trade clause in his contract that includes the Yankees and other big-market teams, a source close to the right-hander suggested he would happily pitch anywhere that would provide a winning team.
“I wouldn’t put it past him to go to New York,” the source said. “I don’t think he’d rule out anybody. He says he likes New York. Especially because they’re winners. He wants to go to a team that wins.
“He’s got a list, but in the process, a lot of people have lists.”
The source suggested Greinke’s preference for a no-trade clause had nothing to do with his feelings about pitching in a large market, as many have interpreted because of his earlier battles with anxiety issues. Instead, no-trade clauses often give a player leverage to negotiate a new contract, something that Greinke could utilize were the Royals to engage with one of the teams on his list.
Because of the no-trade clause, Greinke has been linked exclusively with teams that operate in mild media markets similar to Kansas City’s – namely the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. The Royals have continued to talk about Greinke with the Yankees, according to a source, knowing that the no-trade clause isn’t the impediment it’s been made out to be.
It is hard to believe that Greinke really has no problem coming to the Bronx after all we’ve heard about his unwillingness to come here. If it’s true that the two sides have been talking then there may be something to it though.
The cost of acquiring Greinke does still make Cliff Lee a much better option. Either is going to cost a lot of money, but Greinke will cost slightly less and quite a few draft picks as well. Think Brett Gardner, Jesus Montero, and one of the ‘Killer-B’s’ (Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances, and Manuel Banuelos) to start and it might take even more than that.
Because of that the Yankees are likely to still use the full court press when trying to sign Lee. Only if that fails will they make a serious attempt to trade for Greinke.
That is of course, if this report is real because for a long time all we’ve heard is that Greinke does not want to pitch for any big market team, not just the Yankees.