MLB Whispers: Royals' Zack Greinke may want to go to contender

Kansas City may do ace favor to give him chance to play for winner

August 08, 2010|By Phil Rogers

Zack Greinke, who has two years left on his deal with the Royals, is talking like he's getting the itch to move to a contender. He's unlikely to ask for a trade, but the Royals could decide to deal him at some point after this season, as did the Padres for Jake Peavy last year and the Astros for Roy Oswalt last week. … Indians catching phenom Carlos Santana is out for the season after tearing up his left knee in a collision with the Red Sox's Ryan Kalish on Monday night. He still might be limited at the start of camp next year, but the Indians hope he will be the same player when he returns. The stat that best tells his potential as a hitter: 37 walks and only 29 strikeouts in 192 plate appearances, elevating a .260 batting average to a .401 on-base percentage. … How about this? The only team that expressed interest in trading for the Red Sox's Mike Lowell at the deadline was the Yankees. The Red Sox were glad they held on to him when Kevin Youkilis was lost for the season with a torn tendon in his thumb. … The Red Sox's decision to trade for Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a sign they aren't sure they will hang on to Victor Martinez, an impending free agent. … Before being sidelined to recover from a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, Joe Mauer had gone 28-for-66 with 21 RBIs since the All-Star break. It will be interesting to see how aggressive the White Sox are on the bases against the Twins this week and next week. … Juan Samuel was offered a chance to return to his job coaching third with the Orioles but felt it would be awkward to work under Buck Showalter. The Orioles went 17-34 under Samuel, who is expected to be a candidate to replace Cito Gaston in Toronto. … Josh Hamilton has had two cortisone shots for patella tendinitis in his right knee, causing concern about his availability for the Rangers in September and October.

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