The fact that Zack Greinke is set to miss his next scheduled start — after taking the mound three games in a row — doesn’t mean teams interested in his services are taking a break from pursuing him.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Chicago White Sox now have Greinke on their trade radar.
“The first-place White Sox have established themselves as the favorite in the A.L. Central to the surprise of many, and they are said to be hoping to make another second big splash on the trade market. Their trade for third baseman kevin Youkilis has been a major hit. The Braves, Angels, Rangers, Orioles and other also are expected to be in the Greinke derby.”
But do the White Sox really need Greinke’s services? FanGraphs states that Chicago’s starters have combined for 9.6 WAR, which ranks third-best among all American Leauge starting rotations. Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and John Danks have all performed well this season, with the exception of Danks, who has not thrown a pitch in a Major League game since May 19, where he tore a tendon in his throwing shoulder. Philip Humer has filled in for him and his statistical yield has been underwhelming.
We will continue to monitor the situation as information becomes available.