Zack Greinke’s name will be a fixture in the offseason rumor mill.
And here’s something to keep in mind: His contract with the Kansas City Royals includes a no-trade clause – but only through the end of next season.
The contract itself won’t expire until after the 2012 season. But Greinke will lose his leverage in trade talks as soon as the non-waiver deadline passes on July 31, 2011.
Here are the details of Greinke’s contract, according to multiple major-league sources:
-- During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Greinke was able to block trades to 20 teams.
-- In 2011, that protection drops to 15 teams.
-- This year, the clause would have permitted the Royals to trade him to mostly small-market teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays. Greinke could have blocked deals to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, among other big-market teams.
Greinke is set to earn $13.5 million in each of the next two seasons. His performance slipped this year after winning the Cy Young Award in 2009. He went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts.
-- Jon Paul Morosi