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Credit: The LFP The Zack Greinke saga is the story of the Winter Meetings, not only because he’s the top free agent out there, but also because he’s holding up the deals of other free agents as they’re all waiting on him. Whatever he decides, it figures to be at least borderline historical, as Jon Heyman notes. Strong belief by people close to situation is greinke can beat cc sabathia $161M record deal if desires. #dodgers #rangers But who’s in the lead now? Jayson Stark says the talk revolves around the Rangers… The big buzz this morning at the winter meetings is: Watch out for Texas on Zack Greinke. …and Joel Sherman gives a potential reason why Greinke might be leaning that way. Told Greinke’s wife is former Dall #Cowboys cheerleader and could influence desire get back to Tex. score1 for #Rangers The Nationals are out of the sweepstakes thanks to their Dan Haren acquisition, and the Angels are assumed to be out of it as well due to price concerns, according to Danny Knobler. With Greinke bidding heading to $160 million and perhaps beyond, one Angels person said: “That’s going to blow us out of the water.” Additionally, they just added Joe Blanton to the rotation. Ken Gurnick reports that Greinke’s personal fingerprints appear to be all over the process of the negotiations. The speculation is that Greinke, and not Close, is orchestrating the leisurely pace of negotiations, which has log-jammed the free-agent market for pitchers. The 29-year-old Greinke could wind up with a contract bigger than CC Sabathia’s record for a pitcher of seven years and $161 million. Reading between the lines a little, this could mean that the money is close enough where it boils down to a personal matters, which could lead him to stray away from the Dodgers and the most money. It could also be the reason Josh Hamilton to the Mariners talks have picked up, as his agent might sense the Rangers will be out of the market for him. Hopefully not, but the reports yesterday certainly weren’t as optimistic for the team as the day before. —– Those Dee Gordon rumors from yesterday? Well apparently they have some legs, and Jon Paul Morosi/Ken Rosenthal report that the Indians are in. I looked at the Mariners roster yesterday to find a potential fit in a trade, but for the Indians I don’t see a clear-cut fit for the Dodgers current roster. I’m hoping it doesn’t involve Ubaldo Jimenez. —– As for Hyun Jin Ryu, yesterday was just a continuation of the day before. Nor would Colletti say if he felt he was closer to a deal for Korean free-agent pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. “I just feel closer to Sunday,” Colletti said, because at 2 p.m. PT Sunday the Dodgers must either have a deal with Ryu or he returns to Korea. Oddly enough, I think Jim Bowden’s thoughts most accurately reflects reality. Dodgers not worried about negotiations w Ryu… they know Boras style & will wait until Sunday Deadline to bear down with him & get it done — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 6, 2012 Though I would be lying if I didn’t cringe when Scott Boras started comparing him and his contract to Daisuke Matsuzaka. “We have standards that all of us agree the guy is a No. 3 starter in the Major Leagues,” Boras said Wednesday. “And past practices, negotiations that we’ve done for [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, at that time Matsuzaka got paid [$52 million, six years] like he was a No. 3 pitcher in the big leagues. We think very highly of Ryu. Why? 1) Expecting that contract is ridiculous. 2) Why would he ever want to associate an Asian pitcher’s potential career with that of Daisuke Matsuzaka? —– The Dodgers do need a lefty reliever in the pen for next year, and with Randy Choate now off the board, Mike Petriello brings up Matt Thornton’s name. With LH RP dropping off the board, #Dodgers will probably need to get one via trade. One rumored possibility: Matt Thornton of Chicago. Would have loved this idea three or four years ago, but he’s now on a three-year negative trend, is going to be 36, and his stuff diminishing is becoming an annual event. Still a better option than signing Choate for three years, but not exactly a guy you want to give up meaningful assets to acquire.

Dodgers still exploring options as they wait on Greinke and Ryu

The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to catch a break so far this winter as they are still awaiting on Zack Greinke‘s decision. The winter’s top prize seems like he will be signing with the Rangers any day now. The Dodgers are willing to pony up a record setting amount of money to make Grienke the richest pitcher in baseball, however, it doesn’t seem like Greinke wants to pitch...

Zack Greinke Rumors: Dodgers, Rangers Favorites

The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012 Yesterday it was reported that the Dodgers are...

What's next for the post-Greinke Angels?

Well that was an exciting yet ultimately disappointing Winter Meetings, wasn't it?  Sure the Angels made a few moves and more or less locked in their roster for the season, but they kind of forgot to bring in that one big piece that was going to make it all worthwhile, that would be a Mr. Zack Greinke. Maybe I'm being presumptive, but with the money and roster spot they...

Isolating Zack Greinke

To a certain extent, it seems like almost the entire market is waiting on free-agent starter Zack Greinke to make a decision. Greinke seems to be choosing between the Dodgers and the Rangers. If Greinke goes to LA, Texas might turn its attention to Josh Hamilton. If Greinke goes to Texas, Hamilton will end up elsewhere. As Greinke makes his decision, Hamilton makes his decision,...

Zack Greinke Rumors: Rangers Now Favorite?

There is a growing sense in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization that free agent right-hander Zack Greinke is going to wind up signing with the Texas Rangers, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Growing feeling among #Dodgers people that Greinke may wind up w/ #Rangers. Reasoning: If he really wanted LA, could have signed by now — Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 6, 2012...

Angels moving on without Greinke

NASHVILLE Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter. But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke...

Rangers pursuing Hamilton, Greinke

At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents. Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both. The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...

A very important (not really) LA Angels Winter Meetings update

The final day of the Winter Meetings are upon us and with that comes this VERY IMPORTANT update on the Angels... ... ...the Angels have (drum roll, please) not done a damn thing. Yep, nothing.  Not one move.  They haven't signed Greinke or any other starting pitcher.  They haven't even brought in a semi-anonymous middle reliever to fill out the bullpen.  They...

Rangers Would Trade Olt For Dickey Id They Fail To Land Greinke

According to John Harper of the Daily News, the Texas Rangers would trade top hitting prospect Mike Olt for R.A. Dickey, but only if they first lose out on free-agent Zack Greinke AND are unable to trade for James Shields who is their top preference if they have to make a swap. Meanwhile the Royals and Blue Jays are not that interested in Dickey and and prefer the Mets young...

Greinke/Hamilton: Proceed with Caution

A word of advice for certain baseball general managers:   When dealing with Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton: caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.   I’m speaking to you, Ned Colletti, Jon Daniels, Jerry Dipoto, Jack Zduriencik.   Daniels, the Rangers GM, knows of which I speak.  Hamilton has been his headache for the [...]

2012 Baseball Winter Meetings Day #3: It’s the little deals that matter most

Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and Justin Upton are three pieces of three monster deals that could be on verge of either getting done at any moment, or fall apart at the last minute.  That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of other players, serviceable players that are available that no one talks about.  Look at Randy Choate for example. According to Jon Morosi’s...

Pursuit of Upton driving blockbuster talks

The goals of Texas and Arizona are driving talk of three- and four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings ? and also might shed light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents, right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Report: Dodgers Wary Of Offering No-Trade Clauses to Free Agents This Offseason

It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason. The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals. But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...
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