Selasa, 22 Mei 2012

Zack Greinke: Will he be on a contender in September

The Milwaukee Brewers have had an awful start to this season and with the Cardinals and Reds seeming in control, the Brewers will probably look to rebuild. The biggest trade chip that the Brewers have is former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. Greinke is a free agent this offseason and will probably want to look to move to a contender and then hit the free agent market instead of staying on a struggling Brewers' team. Also, Milwaukee can only get a couple of draft picks if they keep him as Greinke will probably leave Milwaukee this offseason. Milwaukee might be able to get a fair amount for Greinke as plenty of contenders will be interested.

Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles have had a fantastic start to this season but the one thing that they lack is a true ace as Wei-Yin Chen fits well as a number two starter while Jake Arrieta isn't consistent enough to be an ace. Greinke would be the perfect answer to that problem as he would provide the instant answer to that situation. Greinke has been dominant so far for Milwaukee and has had success in the past American League when he won his Cy Young in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles would probably look to get Greinke on a long-term extension as that might be the only way the Orioles are willing to give up top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy as without a guarenteed extension, Bundy will most likely be untouchable. Zack Britton could be used as a trade chip as the 24-year-old has a fairly high ceiling. The Orioles could also use Brian Matusz as a trade chip but Matsuz cold be more of a recclamation player than a true prospect so Britton seems like a good centerpiece. Chris Tillman could also be another starter that is in a Greinke deal. A Greinke-to-Baltimore deal is definitely not out of the question and could happen before July 31st.

Toronto Blue Jays
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has been looking at the possibility of making a move for an ace to pair up with Ricky Romero as Anthopoulos looks to take Toronto back to the playoffs by giving manager John Farrell the tools he needs to do that. Greinke would be the perfect fit with Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow at the front of a Toronto rotation as Greinke has valuable experience in September and October that can help out this young staff. Henderson Alvarez and Kyle Drabek will be two names to pop up as potential centerpieces in a Greinke deal as both could be aces. However, a Greinke-to-Toronto deal is more likely to feature names like starter Drew Hutchinson and either OF Anthony Gose as Gose can be the long-term solution to Milwaukee's problems in center field. Toronto has a great chance to win this year and adding Greinke can make those chances even better.

Cleveland Indians
Despite disappointing attendance, the Indians are off to a very good start as they currently lead the AL Central. Derek Lowe has been off to a great start in Cleveland while Justin Masterson has had a rough April and May, and Ubaldo Jimenez has still not found any success since his trade from Colorado to Cleveland. Greinke can be that ace that can turnaround the top part of the Indians' rotation. Greinke can be that ace that they used to have when CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee pitched in Cleveland. Cleveland could use young starter Zach McAllister as the centerpiece as McAllister has pitched fairly well in his first Major League season. Young shortstop Francisco Lindor could also be a potential centerpiece as he would become the shortstop of the future for the Brewers. This trade can work for both teams as Milwaukee is looking at a rebuilding project while Cleveland will look to stay ahead of Detroit.

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