Zack Greinke Trade Rumors: Rangers Discussing Possible Deal with Diamondbacks

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Zack Grienke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch during game three of the National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on October 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The Texas Rangers have reportedly reached out to the Arizona Diamondbacks to discuss a possible trade for starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

On Tuesday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reported the sides are talking during the MLB winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, but noted no deal is imminent. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram added additional details on how a possible deal would go down:

Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

Confirming @Sullivan_Ranger report on #Rangers' interest in Zack Greinke. The Rangers would need the deal with Arizona to include Shin-Soo Choo and the $63 million he's owed the next three seasons to offset the $138.5 million owed to Greinke the next four.

Greinke's current contract does not include a full no-trade clause, per ESPN's Buster Olney, who added the Rangers are not on his 15-team no-trade list.

Greinke is coming off a strong 2017 campaign in which he posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 215 strikeouts in 202.1 innings. His resurgence, following an up-and-down 2016 season (4.37 ERA), was a key reason Arizona earned a wild-card berth.

The 34-year-old Orlando native compiled a microscopic 1.66 ERA with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and won the American League Cy Young Award with the Kansas City Royals in 2009.

While the winter meetings are a popular place to toss around ideas, seeing Greinke's name pop up in the rumor mill was a bit of a surprise. Along with his spot atop the Arizona rotation, he's got four seasons left on a monster six-year, $206.5 million contract.

The Rangers could be shooting for the stars, though. General manager Jon Daniels said Sunday the team would consider chasing a front-line starter if the price was right.

"If there is a starter that fits [the elite] description and fits our club short- and long-term, we'd consider that," he told reporters. "But the most dangerous thing you can do is make a move with headlines in mind."

Greinke would join Cole Hamels to create a dynamic one-two punch in Texas. A blockbuster trade getting done is a long shot, however, in large part because of his contract and Arizona's likely hope to remain a contender in 2018 and beyond.


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