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Former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke has already been dealt once, could he be dealt a second time?
Last season Zack Greinke never was able to reclaim the type of dominance he displayed when he won the Cy Young Award as a member of the Royals in 2009.
Greinke is still only 28 years old though. He could have a very good season in 2012 and with free agency looming if he were to do that he'd enter the market with the leverage to demand a very nice contract next winter.
Picture this scenario though. The Rangers who spent big on Yu Darvish are locked in a tight battle with the Angels for American League West superiority. Derek Holland is improving, Neftali Feliz has struggled a bit to adjust to the role of starting. Darvish has struggled to adjust to playing in the majors and the offense is as expected among the best in baseball.
On a team with one of the best offenses in baseball the Rangers have one of the youngest and brightest stars at shortstop. Elvis Andrus is only 23 and is already among the best players at his position.
The Rangers also have one of the best minor league systems in baseball and among the top prospects in that minor league system is Jurickson Profar.
Profar is only 19 years old and is already ranked among the brightest young players in all of baseball. That makes him more than just a tempting prospect, he's an extremely tempting prospect.
There are as there will be with all of these projections a lot of "ifs" associated with this deal.
The first involves the Rangers starting pitching which could be very good this year. There are enough questions within the rotation to make one think that there could be problems though. In addition the Rangers showed a willingness to make exactly this type of trade in spite of looming free agency in July of 2010 when they dealt for Cliff Lee.
Unlike Lee, Greinke could be an easier pitcher to resign to a long term deal for Texas. At one point Greinke had a list of teams he could "veto" a trade to and both Boston and New York were on the list. If that were the case next season then some of Texas' competition to resign Greinke could be eliminated and that could make him a more attractive trade target for Texas.
Milwaukee meanwhile may end up embarking on a rebuilding path this season. Ryan Braun may end up missing the first 50 games due to suspension. Prince Fielder has already left the team. The Brewers traded away a very strong shortstop prospect in Alcides Escobar to acquire Greinke they could now potentially acquire one of the best young shortstop prospects in the game by dealing Greinke before he possibly leaves as a free agent.