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MLB Trade Rumors: Dealing Zack Greinke A Possibility For Royals

Zack Greinke is the face of the Kansas City Royals. After struggling early in his career, Greinke won the Cy Young award in 2009 with a 2.16 ERA -- the lowest the American League had seen from a starting pitcher in nearly a decade.

Yet again, though, it's July and the Royals find themselves out of contention with a sub-.450 record. There was some talk that the team would try to jettison outfielder David DeJesus before the trade deadline, but with DeJesus out for the season with a thumb injury, it appears that the Royals are open to the possibility of trading away their ace.

The 26-year-old Greinke has thrown 133 innings for a 3.59 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP so far this season. The terms of his contract dictate that he will be paid $13.5 million in 2011 -- nearly $6 million more than he's being paid in 2010 -- so if the Royals are going to deal away Greinke, they may have added incentive to do so now.

For further developments, stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City and our Royals blog, Royals Review.