Well, this is interesting. According to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun, the Jays have inquired about Royals superstar pitcher Zach Greinke and former first overall pick Alex Gordon.
The Blue Jays have inquired about the availability of Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke.
With Cliff Lee the top free agent on the market, Greinke would
appeal to also-rans in the Lee sweepstakes such as the Texas Rangers,
Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels.
The Royals are looking for two “can’t-miss prospects” as a starting
point in talks on the 2009 American League Cy Young award winner.
Grienke, 26, was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts this season and will make $13 million US next year.
The Jays have also discussed obtaining Alex Gordon, a former No. 1
draft pick. Gordon started as the Royals third baseman before being
demoted to triple-A Omaha in May to play the outfield. A left-handed
hitter, Gordon batted .215 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in 74 games
with the Royals. He hit .315 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 68 games
Although, I love the idea of the Jays acquiring Greinke, I think it’s important not to jump on this. The Royals want at least two front-line prospects for Greinke which means the Jays would likely have to part with Kyle Drabek who would be under control of the Jays until at least 2016. Greinke, on the other hand, is owed $27-million over the next two years and then is a free agent. I also find it hard to believe that the Royals would part with Greinke at any point this offseason. If he’s traded, it will likely be some point during the season or next offseason, depending on how the Royals play this year. Since the Jays probably won’t realistically be contenders in the next two years, i feel like it would be a bad move, unless Alex Anthopoulous plans to acquire him and then flip him before the deadline if the Jays aren’t contending.
Now Alex Gordon is a different story. Gordon is a former 1st overall pick who has not panned out, but he has shown flashes of brilliance at times. Alex Anthopolous could probably wrestle him out of KC for very little. I have a feeling Gordon could be a very good defensive first-basemen and I believe that’s where he’d play if the Jays got him. I don’t know what evidence I have to go on, but I really think Gordon is a prime late-bloomer candidate who could do well from a change of scenery.