A little late-evening (for some of us, anyway) hot stove fodder for you. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kansas City Royals ace right-hander Zack Grienke might be willing to accept a trade to the Yankees.
"... a source close to the right-hander suggested he would happily pitch anywhere that would provide a winning team.
"I wouldn’t put it past him to go to New York," the source said. "I don’t think he’d rule out anybody. He says he likes New York. Especially because they’re winners. He wants to go to a team that wins.
"He’s got a list, but in the process, a lot of people have lists."
Interesting. It was previously believed that the young, immensely talented Grienke would never accept a trade to New York.
Grienke's previous battles with anxiety make him a questionable fit for the Bronx, and it has been assumed that the 26-year-old might wish to avoid a pressure-cooker atmosphere. Maybe that isn't the case, however.
After Cliff Lee there is certainly no one else as talented as Grienke, who already has a Cy Young Award, available on the market. Whether the Yankees would be willing to pay the exorbitant price in talent likely needed to land a pitcher like Grienke is another question entirely. It seems, though, that the option to at least consider it might be there.
Grienke won the Cy Young Award in 2009 when he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. In 2010 he went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA.