MLB Rumors: Royals Want Brett Gardner Plus IF Prospects for Zack Greinke

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IDecember 13, 2010

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Cliff Lee #33 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he forced out Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees at first base in the bottom of the third inning of Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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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.

So it sounds like any package the Yankees give up for Greinke would start with Gardner and probably include an infield prospect like Nunez, Corban Joseph, or David Adams.

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.

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