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MLB Trade Rumors: Zack Greinke To The Yankees?

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Now that the Yankees are out of the playoffs after losing to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS, the Yankees will begin the retooling process to get themselves back in the playoffs in 20111, and one of the areas where they may look to improve upon is their starting pitching. They have CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes returning, but no one knows if Andy Pettite will return in 2011 at this point.

Last week, Buster Olney reported that the Royals will listen to offers for starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who has 2 years and $27 million left on his contract. Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.245 WHIP in 2010. His K/BB rate of 3.29 is excellent, but is off his 2009 rate of 4.75. His K/9 dropped from 9.5 to 7.4 in 2010, which is a little worrisome.

What could the Yankees expect to give up in a deal for Greinke? This is pure speculaton on my part, but I think one of their surplus of pitching prospects is a starting point. One of Manny Banuelos, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Brackman. Throw in another low level prospect and I think the Royals might bite.

Is this proposal enough for the likes of Greinke? Too much?