Milwaukee Brewers ace Zack Greinke is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and it likely to be dealt before the July 31st MLB trade deadline. The 28 year old Greinke currently sports a record of 9-2 with a 3.08 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched. Despite those stellar numbers Greinke was not selected for the All-Star team. ”There’s so many good starters this year — there’s half a dozen that have done just as well as the guys that made it, so I can’t really complain,” Greinke explained to Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende on mlb.com [read that story here]. The starters this year, it’s got to be the best in the last 20 years, I don’t know. Maybe the last 30 years. It’s pretty amazing.”
With the loss of Chris Carpenter, the St Louis Cardinals seem like a perfect fit for Greinke. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Greinke likely would welcome a trade to St. Louis and a chance to sign with the Cardinals long term. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that Greinke would be open to joining the Braves and likes Atlanta due to its proximity to Florida.
Ken Rosenthal also reported that the Yankees are not interested in Zack Greinke.
Greinke, sources say, is a non-starter for the Yankees — he missed time due to depression and social anxiety disorder in 2006, and club officials always are concerned about how players will adjust to New York.
There are many clubs in need of starting pitching which means there are many possible destinations for Greinke. Among the teams that might make a move for a starter are; Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, St Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers.
In 2009, Greinke won the AL Cy Young Award while pitching for the Kansas City Royals