My colleague Roch Kubatko pointed out earlier today thatRoyals pitcher Zack Greinke has a limited no-trade clause, whereby he can veto a trade to a handful of teams. That could affect the Orioles, who are in the market for a top starting pitcher. It could also affect the Nationals.
As Roch pointed out, it’s not like Greinke is coming from a place where he’s used to winning. But it’s hard to read how players will react in these situations - Greinke could want to head to a proven winner while he’s still in the prime of his career.
The Nationals have been linked to Greinke already, as they chase a No. 1 starter for their rotation next year. The Royals right-hander, who won the 2009 AL Cy Young, would be cheaper than a free agent like Cliff Lee, who is expected to command upwards of $20 million a year.
A side note: The Nationals’ group of prospects had a solid day in the Arizona Fall League yesterday, with second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi going 1-for-3 with a walk and catcher Derek Norris continuing his strong start with a 2-for-4, one-run, one-RBI, one-walk day. Sammy Solis had a decent AFL debut, allowing a run on two hits in three innings. His fastball topped out at 91 mph and mostly sat around 90. And Adam Carr earned the win for the Scottsdale Scorpions, throwing two shutout innings.