Zack Greinke Price Tag Presently Too High For Trade

In an offseason with only one ace free agent in Cliff Lee, a young Royals frontliner has commanded a lot of attention. There have been Zack Greinke trade rumors blowing for a few weeks, now, as teams look for alternatives to the expensive veteran Lee.

However, the Royals have affixed a sky-high price tag to Greinke, and according to Buster Olney, that price hasn't yet come down. And the price is at such a level that the Blue Jays - who have a lot of interest in making a push for Greinke - aren't willing to consider pulling the trigger on anything.

What the Royals are probably doing is waiting around until Lee has signed with either Texas or New York. At that point, Greinke will likely be the only high-level pitcher on the market, and teams may be more willing to give away more - especially if and when Texas or New York get involved in the conversation. If other teams show a greater urgency after Lee's off the market, and if the Royals lower their asking price just a little bit, then we could very well see Greinke find himself a new home within months, if not weeks.

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