Via Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:
The Royals have a wealth of pitching talent in the minor leagues, a hot first-base prospect in Eric Hosmer, an elite young third baseman in Mike Moustakas and a hard-hitting catcher, Will Myers, who is probably going to have to shift to the outfield in the majors. As a result, sources say, Moore has focused on adding up-the-middle position players who are close to major league ready. And neither the Yankees nor the Rangers provide the best match for Kansas City.
The Yankees do have three catchers, Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine, among their list of top prospects. Infield prospect Eduardo Nunez would likely be part of a Yankees trade package, and sources said that outfielder Brett Gardner‘s name has come up in conversations between the clubs. But it appears that package wouldn’t be enough to pry Greinke loose from the Royals.
Supposedly the Yankees package won’t be enough for the Royals, but I suspect that could be because the Royals want Gardner and the Yankees, so far, are unwilling to part with him.
Or it could be that the Royals are just getting better offers. If the Royals really aren’t that interested in pitchers and catchers, two spots the Yankees are heavily loaded at, then it would be hard for them to present a better offer.
It might not matter anyway as Buster Olney of ESPN has reported that Greinke does not appear to be the Yankees plan B if they miss out on Cliff Lee. We’ll see what happens if he doesn’t sign with them though.