According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the White Sox are interest in adding another
starting pitcher. That pitcher could be Zack Greinke. While there have not been an specific sources claiming the Sox are interested in Greinke, both Rosenthal and Morosi feel a move for Greinke is exactly the type of move Kenny Williams, Chicago’s GM, wants to and needs to make.
The biggest hold-up for any potential Greinke trade is what Chicago could give up. Right now, the answer is not much. However, according to Rosenthal and Morosi, the team could make a deal fro Gavin Floyd that brings back the right mix of players – including prospects – that could be used in a trade for Greinke.
The move may be a stretch because Chicago would be parting with one player soon-to-be a free agent in Floyd for another in Greinke. Floyd has a 4.46 ERA and Greinke has a 3.44 ERA. However, since June 22nd, Greinke’s ERA has climbed from 2.81 to where it is now. He’s struggled at times since the trade rumors began swirling. Perhaps after a trade, he will settle down. But that has to be a concern for the White Sox.
Chicago is currently tied with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central. Both teams have an identical 53-45 record. The Tigers stumbled out of the gate and allowed the White Sox to take an early lead of the division. They’ve picked it up since, and it looks like this will be a race throughout the rest of the season.
The Brewers, on the other hand, are nine games under .500 and all but out of play-off contention. They have made offers to Greinke for a contract extension, but they’ve failed to get a deal done. If they don’t want to lose him to free agency, the Brewers have no choice but to trade the young right-hander.
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