Greinke Could be on the Move

by Matthew on June 26, 2012

With the trade deadline about 30 days away, it seems a propos that rumors are beginning to circulate around the Major League Baseball word.

And Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports dropped a bomb on Tuesday, when he reported that the Milwaukee Brewers could be on the move to deal right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke if the Brewers can’t sign him to a long-term contract.

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The Brewers however, say they have not yet made a decision on whether to trade Greinke or any other player for that matter.

But Rosenthal backed his claims saying that, “two rival executives said Tuesday that the Brewers are preparing to move Greinke if they are unable to sign him long-term before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.”

Greinke, (8-2, 2.81 ERA) is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, so if the Brewers cannot secure him, it would be in the club’s best interest to deal him while he’s a hot commodity.

Besides, the Brewers chances of making any noise in this year’s postseason seems highly unlikely, considering they are now  5 1/2 games back in the wild-card race,  trailing eight teams for one of the two spots. But a team that is a serious contender, could come calling for a pitcher that could bolster their rotation heading into the fall.

Think about this.

If the Brewers hang on to Greinke, they would need to make him a one-year qualifying offer of approximately $12 million to qualify for draft-pick compensation if he left as a free agent.

Teams reportedly interested in Greinke.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, who might be in the market for a starting pitching. Or the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals, who both had strong interest in Greinke when the Royals traded him in 2010.

Especially the Rangers, who got news earlier in the day that pitching ace Colby Lewis will be going on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right forearm.

My inside sources say it could be longer, as Lewis’ initial MRI turned up a small tear.

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