Greinke rejects trade to the Nationals
By Editorial Staff
MLB.com is reporting that the Nationals actually had a trade in place for Zack Greinke however the Nationals were one of the teams listed in his no trade clause which he used to reject the deal.
"The Nationals had a deal in place to acquire right-hander Zack Greinke, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. Greinke, however, used his no-trade clause to reject the deal. (courtesy of mlb.com)"
No reasons were given as to why he rejected the trade and it has not been reported as to who the Nationals were going to offer for him. However though as I said yesterday it had been reported that they wanted Jordan Zimmermann, Danny Espinosa and Drew Storen in return. If that was the case and the Nationals were going to offer those three guys I think it may actually be best for the Nationals that Greinke rejected the trade.
Now that Greinke rejected the trade to Washington and has been shipped of to the Brewers it leaves Brandon Webb and Carl Pavano as possible pitching targets for the Nats via free agency and if they choose to make a trade they can attempt to make a move for Matt Garza or maybe even Ricky Nolasco. I don’t see a trade for Garza being able to be made and Nolasco while a good pitcher does come with some question marks.
A signing of Webb in hopes that he can return to even close to his 2008 form may be worth the risk for the Nats and depending on the length and money amount of the deal even Pavano could be a good signing.
Either way it should be interesting to see what the Nationals do because starting pitching was something they addressed as wanting to improve via free agency and resigning Chien-Ming Wang is not exactly what I think they had in mind.
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