Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crazy but true: Phillies considering Greinke trade

File this under a crazy rumor that has very little chance of coming true. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have had some discussions with the Royals about the possiblity of acquiring the 2009 Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke. Whether those are serious discussions or simply an inquiry about what it would take to get Greinke is unknown.

While the move doesn't make sense for a number of reasons, like the fact that the Phillies already have three stud starters and can't afford to add another 10+ million to the salary, it's still fun to dream about what could be. Sure, Greinke is coming off a down year by his standards, but if there is even a remote chance that you can acquire someone of his talent, you can't fault the Phillies for at least trying. Given the number of prospects the Royals will likely seek and the way the Phillies farm system has been gutted in the last few years, though, it's doesn't seem like there is a match for a trade.

Despite its remote possibility, it doesn't hurt to dream. A rotation of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Greinke would be so ridiculously good, the Phillies wouldn't ever have to worry about scoring runs or even having a decent bullpen. As a rational fan, however, you really shouldn't get your hopes up because, over the next few days, the Phillies will probably only be adding a bullpen piece and an outfielder. I know we've grown accustomed to the Phillies adding some of the best pitchers in the game but this one isn't happening, folks.

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