Royals ace Zack Greinke has asked the club for a trade, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Earlier today, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner changed agents, opting to be represented by Jeff Berry and Casey Close of CAA rather than SFX.
A high-ranking executive from another team says that the pitcher "really wants out" of Kansas City. Separate major league sources confirmed that Greinke has unequivocally asked the club to be dealt. Royals GM Dayton Moore has declined comment on the report.
Greinke has the right to block trades to 15 teams including the Yankees, Red Sox, and Nationals. Teams such as the Tigers, Angels, and Rangers were left off of his no-trade list. The Royals are, understandably, asking for a great deal in return for Greinke. The club is reportedly looking for even more than Travis Snider and Kyle Drabek in a deal with Toronto, a package that the Blue Jays are not willing to part with regardless.