MLB Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Teams That Must Trade for Zack Greinke

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Teams That Must Trade for Zack Greinke

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    Zack Greinke is one of the best pitchers on the market as we near the 2012 MLB trade deadline.

    It’s going to take a lot to get the Milwaukee Brewers to part with the talented starter, but it’s certainly possible.

    And there are several teams out there that should be willing to give up talented prospects in order to land Greinke.

    So, let’s take a look at five teams who should take a good, long look at trading for Greinke.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Dodgers rotation is a mess behind Clayton Kershaw.

    Chad Billingsley has been inconsistent and the rest of the staff isn’t playoff worthy.

    Ted Lilly will be on the DL for a little while longer too, so this team must make a move to avoid falling further behind the San Francisco Giants.

    Pairing Greinke with Kershaw would give the Dodgers one of the best righty-lefty rotation combos in the majors.

4. Texas Rangers

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    Colby Lewis recently went on the disabled list and Derek Holland hasn’t been good this year, so the Rangers are in the market for pitching help.

    Getting Greinke would be similar in magnitude to getting Cliff Lee in 2010.

    If the Rangers can pull off another mega trade to land Greinke, a third straight World Series appearance would be well within their sights.

3. Los Angeles Angels

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    Ervin Santana hasn’t been himself this year and Dan Haren has been battling injuries and inconsistency, so the Angels find themselves in the market for a starter at the trade deadline.

    Adding Greinke to a rotation that features Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson would give the Angels the firepower they need to compete with the Rangers in the AL West.

    A package centered around Peter Bourjos and Garrett Richards might be enough to entice the Brewers to send Greinke to L.A.

2. Atlanta Braves

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    The Braves need a pitcher to replace the loss of production they suffered when Brandon Beachy went on the DL.

    Relying on Jair Jurrjens and Ben Sheets to keep them in contention would be foolish.

    By trading an arm like Julio Teheran for Greinke, the Braves would make themselves tough to beat in the wild card race.

1. Chicago White Sox

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    With Gavin Floyd and John Danks on the disabled list, the White Sox need to do something to keep up with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

    Getting Greinke to pair with Jake Peavy would make the top of the Sox rotation ferocious and would be tough on Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.

    It would take a lot for the White Sox to land Greinke, but they’ve already shown they’re committed to winning this year by trading for Brett Myers and Kevin Youkilis.