Originally written July 03, 2012 on hardballchat.com:

The MLB Trade Rumors are beginning to heat up as the calendar turns to July, and many big names are reportedly on the market. The No. 1 prize available prior to the July 31 trade deadline this season may be Zack Greinke of the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is reportedly already being scouted by the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles. The Brewers will have little difficulty finding a taker for Greinke, as the 28-year-old starting pitcher is once again putting up Cy Young type numbers in Milwaukee this season. Greinke is 9-2 with a 3.08 ERA with 106 strikeouts. The only caveat will be what they can ask for in return for Greinke, as he can become a free agent after this season. Teams who make a play for the Brewers’ ace fully know that they may be only renting a player for the final few months of the season. But if he can help them make a deep run into the playoffs, then a rental agreement may be enough for a team in need of an ace. That pretty much sums up every team with postseason hopes this season. The Braves could be a good fit for Greinke. They have a playoff team put together in Atlanta, and they cannot go through another late collapse at the end of this season like they did last year. Adding a starter such as Greinke would certainly help solidify that hope. After trading for Jim Thome last weekend, the Orioles have demonstrated that they do not plan to fade away in the race for a Wild Card berth this postseason. Adding Greinke could be a good move for Baltimore, provided they are still in the thick of things as the trade deadline draws nearer. He would be a good fit in Baltimore, as they are a small market team. Atlanta could fit the small market billing as well, which may be crucial for Greinek to succeed. He is fine pitching in Milwaukee and had great success with the Kansas City Royals as well, yet many wonder whether or not he could handle playing for a big market team such as the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, due to past anxiety issues. Greinke will be sought after by many teams, although some teams in larger markets may have to think twice about whether or not it is worth the risk.  

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