ESPN’s Jim Bowden tweeted earlier Wednesday that the Sox could be a "mystery team" joining the Dodgers, Angels and Rangers in pursuit of the 29-year-old’s services, an interesting twist given the team seems to be favoring restraint in its spending this offseason.
Undoubtedly, there is a lot to like about Greinke. He was masterful in winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2009 (2.16 ERA, 242 strikeouts, 1.073 WHIP). He is incredibly durable, failing to exceed 30 starts and 200 innings just once since 2008.
He would be the ace the Sox have lacked over the last several seasons. So why not go after him with all of their newly freed up resources?
Here are five reasons why the Sox would be best served staying away from Greinke.