Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Two years ago, Zack Greinke rejected a trade to the Washington Nationals because he thought the team wasn't good enough. On Thursday, coming off a 98-win season, the Nats traded for Minnesota center fielder Denard Span, all but screaming at Greinke, "How do you like us now?" I'm not saying the Nats suddenly are the favorites for Greinke -- that distinction belongs to the filthy-rich Los Angeles Dodgers. I'm not even sure the Nats will make a strong bid for Greinke, particularly if they re-sign free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to, say, a three-year, $33 million deal. But this is all setting up quite nicely, isn't it? Quite differently than it did two years ago. Greinke, then with Kansas City, got the Royals' blessing to meet secretly with Nats officials, including owner Ted Lerner, at the winter meetings in Orlando. He was duly impressed by the Nationals' desire to improve, as exemplified by their $126 million signing of Jayson Werth. Howe...
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