Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yankees Trade Targets : Zack Greinke

The Yankees will be linked to EVERY SINGLE starting pitcher at this years trade deadline. We are officially 14 days away from the trade deadline of July 31st at 4 pm ET. Do the Yankees need a starter to help out the back end of the rotation? Do the Yankees need insurance for Andy Pettitte? I personally do not think so but I am not Brian Cashman.

Zack Greinke has not been the CY Young guy that he was in Kansas City since, well, since he was a CY Young winner in Kansas City in 2009. It is no secret that he had many issues with anxiety, depression, and straight up boredom with baseball. Mix that not only with the New York fans and the New York media... but a pennant race and subsequent playoff and potential World Series run.. sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Greinke's value is as low as it is going to get so that is what makes it most intriguing. The thing is though is he any better then Kuroda, Pettitte (healthy), Nova, or Hughes? A couple months ago I would say yes but since June I am not so sure. Greinke is a pure rental player as well which gives us no chance to even get compensation for him if he leaves as a free agent. He is in the last year of a deal that will pay him $13.5 million this season.

Zack Greinke will miss his next two starts due to "exhaustion" from starting the Brewers last three consecutive games before and after the break. He has allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts. Maybe the Brewers waited a little too long to trade him or maybe it is just exhaustion... I do not know. I do know the Yankees need consistency and LESS question marks and Greinke does not do that for us in my opinion. He would probably be "cheap" but I still dislike this trade idea and will have to pass on Mr Greinke wearing pinstripes this season.

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