As the world waits on Cliff Lee to pick his home, Zack Greinke trade rumors continue to float around, as Greinke stands as the second-best pitcher on the market. And interestingly, while the Rangers and Yankees are the favorites to land Lee, Jerry Crasnick reports that neither one of them looks like a good bet to fall back on Greinke should their Lee pursuit come up short.
The Royals are in search of up-the-middle prospects, and neither team is a great fit. The Rangers don't have a whole lot of available youth at catcher, center field, or the middle infield, with their prospects still being many levels away from the Majors.
And the Yankees - while in a better position than the Rangers - still don't seem to have what the Royals would be looking for, as talks to date have failed to wow Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore. It's worth noting that Joel Sherman doesn't see Greinke as a great fit for New York anyway because of his anxiety issues, which only complicate matters even further. Greinke's never seemed like a realistic Plan B for the Yankees.
While there's no guarantee that Greinke gets moved, the teams that right now look like the strongest possibilities to get him are the Blue Jays and Nationals. The Blue Jays look to have the best selection of available youth, and could make a real strong push if Moore lowers his asking price just a little bit.