Everyone’s waiting on Cliff Lee’s decision, but the reality is that one team will miss out on the ace. Regardless, there is still a top of the line starter out there in Royals ace Zack Greinke.
While the Royals haven’t indicated they are overly interested in unloading Greinke, there have been suggestions that an impressive enough trade could convince them. Royals general manager Dayton Moore is at least taking stock of the market for Greinke, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick noted in a report Monday.
The question is, would Greinke be a fit in New York or Texas? If their forced to turn their search for a starter elsewhere, their prospects may not mesh with the Royals’ wish list, baseball sources suggested to the website.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore is reportedly interested in adding Major League-ready up-the-middle position players in return.
While some clubs are still searching for starting pitching, here’s a look at Tuesday’s other rumblings around the league:
– The Athletics agreed to a one-year deal
with reliever Joey Devine
on Monday. Devine, 27, hasn’t appeared in the Majors since 2008 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. In 2008, however, Devine went 6-1 with a 0.59 ERA for Oakland.
– Texas solidified their catching situation on Monday, agreeing to a one-year contract
with Matt Treanor
. Treanor, who will earn $850,000 next season, will serve as a backup to Yorvit Torrealba.
“It was a no-brainer,” Treanor said. “I wanted to come back to Texas if they would have me back. It’s a winning ballclub and everybody wants to be part of a winner. I want to be part of something special.”
-The Dodgers signed three players to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training on Monday, including infielder Juan Castro
, catcher JD Closser
and utilityman Eugenio Velez
. Of the three, the veteran Castro is probably the most likely to make the club, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick
, due to his strong defensive abilities.
– San Diego made its one-year deal with Dustin Moseley official on Monday. Moseley went 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 games with the Yankees last season. New York non-tendered Moseley last week. The former first round pick will be 29 on Opening Day.