THURSDAY: Reds GM Walt Jocketty shot down the rumor that he was interested in Greene. If he adds a shortstop, it’ll be a 0-3 guy.
TUESDAY, 11:21pm: Tom Krasovic adds the Blue Jays to the mix for Greene. Padres GM Kevin Towers says Greene would likely be traded in a separate deal rather than packaged with Jake Peavy.
7:42pm: The Red Sox and Padres made a point to officially dismiss the idea of Crisp for Greene.
2:59pm: It seems that LaRue was saying both Crisp and Greene are available, not that one was offered for the other. So, scratch the Crisp for Greene rumor.
8:46am: According to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Orioles, Reds, and Tigers are among the teams interested in Padres shortstop Khalil Greene. GM Kevin Towers admits to having "nibbles" on Greene.
Prior to his self-inflicted broken hand, Greene hit a woeful .213/.260/.339 in 423 plate appearances. The Padres filed a grievance to recover salary due to the injury, so they’re probably not on the best of terms right now. Greene did not impress defensively either – he made four fewer plays than the average shortstop. Greene is owed $6.5MM in 2009, and Krasovic says he turned down a four-year, $29MM offer a year ago.
Seemingly, the Padres would attempt to acquire a shortstop in a Jake Peavy trade if they move Greene. Yunel Escobar and Ronny Cedeno have been mentioned in rumors. The Reds’ interest in Greene seems to indicate a lack of faith in Alex Gonzalez, presumably next year’s starting shortstop.