Yesterday, we told you about reports that a source close to Zack Greinke said that he wasn’t really against going to New York in a trade, contradicting the consensus view that Greinke wants nothing to do with New York or it’s insane media. Some reporters speculated that the Yankees had a deal in mind and that hypothetically, it could be a solid group of prospects to pry the Royals ace away.
Well, let’s dial it back a bit. New York Post reporter George King III says the Yankees don’t buy the reports that Greinke would play in the Big Apple. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is equally skeptical, stating that his source close to Greinke says there’s no way Zack would play in New York.
While this situation settles itself out, there are a few other things going on with the Royals that aren’t quite Zack Greinke related. But first, head over to Call To The Pen where Wally has posted a poll to see what Fansided readers think the Royals should do with Greinke. Spoiler alert: I make a cameo appearance.
Bob Dutton at the Kansas City Star speculates that the free agent market on bullpen arms could make Robinson Tejeda a trade target for many teams. Tejeda performed nicely as a setup man and long reliever last year despite a rocky April and some mid-season injuries and has been almost unhittable in stretches with the Royals. I’d like to see him stick around, but the Royals have a few arms ready to step up from Omaha to replace him.
Also, Rany Jazayerli has a fine guest column at Minor League Ball where he looks over the Royals farm system in relation to past minor league debacles. It’s a great read and you should definitely check it out (after you vote in the Call to the Pen poll, of course).
Finally, the Royals signed 16 year old right handed pitcher Jimmy Brazoban out of the Dominican Prospect League for a $100,000 bonus. Brazoban threw seven innings in the DPL, striking out 12 while surrendering no earned runs. I hope to find more information on him, as right now there isn’t much out there that I can find.