I hate doing these kinds of posts, because they add very little in an analytical sense and serve little purpose other than to get people all riled over something that very likely won't happen, and because I prefer to take deeper and more nuanced looks at stuff like this as opposed to throwing the facts at a wall and letting everyone go to town ... but it's a wild week back in Tyler, and, well, you know how that goes. In any event, here's a recap of the hot fake rumor of the moment:
● FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi kicks off the festivities by dangling this out there yesterday:
The Milwaukee Brewers say they have not yet made a decision on whether to trade right-hander Zack Greinke or any other player.
But two rival executives said Tuesday that the Brewers are preparing to move Greinke if they are unable to sign him long-term before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Greinke, 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
“They’re definitely expecting to move him unless something changes and they re-sign him,” one rival executive said.
● Morosi fans his own speculation from the previous evening -- which was something to the effect of the Rangers possibly being interested in Greinke -- with this:
Right on cue: #Rangers scout arrives in Cincinnati today. Zack Greinke is pitching. Not an accident.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 27, 2012
● Here are Greinke's career numbers, including his monster 2012 line:
● Keith Law throws his own speculation into the mix on the Greinke asking price in the last couple of hours:
For three months of Greinke & no picks? I say crazy talk. RT @RyanTopp: Mike Olt straight up for Zack Greinke. Crazy talk or fairish value?— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 27, 2012
● And Jon Daniels says "yeah, don't count on it":
When Daniels was asked if the injury situation will lead him to seek out help in the trade market, he responded:
"I don't think it does. The group we're going to get back is probably more impactful than anybody we could get out there."
So, that's about the extent of what we've got out there right now, and we can gear up for three or four or five weeks of speculation on whether Greinke to Texas makes sense. At least the ridiculous Carlos Gonzalez trade murmurings are dead now, though.