We’ve discussed this before, but some people will not give up on this idea that the Yankees could get him so I’m passing this along for those people.
Via Jayson Stark of ESPN:
Clubs that checked in on [Zack Greinke] have also come away with the impression he wouldn’t approve a deal to ANY major-market East Coast team (Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Mets). But an official of one team says Greinke “would at least think about the L.A. clubs” if the Dodgers or Angels were to wade into this mix.
So Greinke is not coming to the Yankees. He’s just not. Even if he did approve a deal he seems like the prototypical type that would buckle under the pressure and become a bust anyway.
Also, even if he approved a deal it might not be worth it anyway:
Are the Royals serious about trading Zack Greinke? Well, they’re serious about listening. But according to clubs that have spoken with them, they’re telling bidders up front that (A) they would need to “win” the deal, (B) they would have to get the kind of four-for-one haul the Rangers got for Mark Teixeira to pull the trigger, (C) they need a bunch of “front-line, winning, quality players” in return, and (D) at least one of those players has to be a pitcher capable of turning into the next Zack Greinke in a couple of years.
The Yankees should not be involved in any deals where the other team is the clear winner of the deal. So even if you ignore the fact that he has a NTC and the fact that he might be a bust even if he did waive it, he still would cost the Yankees so much that it probably wouldn’t be worth it.
Greinke is not coming to the Bronx.