Zack Greinke Could Be Traded To Yankees? Rumors Say 'Maybe'

The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in Zack Greinke, despite the common misperception that playing in a major media market would be a deterrent because it might exacerbate his anxiety disorder. Greinke has been receiving treatment for the anxiety. (And that's not exactly how anxiety disorders work, as the fact that he had a breakdown while with the Royals should indicate.) Kansas City and New York are talking about a deal for the pitcher.

"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." ...

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.

Despite the last sentence there, it doesn't sound as though anything with Greinke is imminent. In fact, he could simply be a backup plan in the Bronx, in case the Cliff Lee negotiations don't produce a deal. (Though, this being the Yankees, there's technically nothing to keep them from signing both.) And there are still skeptics, like the national baseball writer for the Boston Globe.

My Zack Greinke source indicates there's no way he'd play in New Yorkless than a minute ago via web

 

Since the start of the 2007 season, Greinke has a 3.32 ERA (132 ERA+) and is averaging more than eight strikeouts per nine innings, though his ERA dipped to 4.17 (100 ERA+) last year. Greinke posted his first losing record since 2005.

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