The Blue Jays have contacted the Royals about a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke, and the Royals are intrigued by what the Jays might offer, according to major league sources.
Here’s the problem: The Jays are on Greinke’s no-trade list, meaning he can't be sent to Toronto without his permission.
That fact alone doesn't preclude a trade. Players frequently waive no-trade clauses, usually in exchange for some kind of contractual benefit.
Greinke, sources say, has told the Royals he's willing “to go anywhere.”
Other clubs, however, are skeptical of that stance.
“The rule of thumb is that if a player has a team on his no-trade list, it makes it less likely,” one rival general manager says.
Greinke, 27, has 15 teams on his no-trade list. The Rangers, Braves and Reds are among the clubs with possible interest in him that aren't on the list, sources say. Those teams would face no such obstacle in trading for the Royals ace.
The Jays possibly could land Greinke if they were willing to part with right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Travis Snyder and another minor leaguer or two, according to the Toronto Sun.
Such a package would intrigue the Royals, sources say. But the Jays might not be ready to break up their emerging core of young pitchers to take a run at the postseason, even if they could persuade Greinke to join their club.
Greinke's signed for two more years at $13.5 million per season. He'll become a free agent after the 2012 season.