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Zack Greinke’s Trade Value

By Dave Gershman

There has been a ton of talk about Greinke this off-season, and there has been even more talk about the kind of return he’d demand. Well a pitcher of Greinke’s caliber is likely to bring back several potential superstars in return. Personally, I think he’d bring back at least two top 50 prospects, and two more top 100 prospects. From talking to scouts, writers, and other experts, that is very in line with Dayton Moore’s fruitful beliefs in what he’d get from other teams for the young ace.

Something that many don’t realize, Zack Greinke had a fine season in 2010, despite a 10-14 record and an ERA over 4. Also keep in mind, that many internet junkies will suggest that Chris Narveson had a better season based on wins than the Greinkmeister, but not exactly. Zack was extremely unlucky this year. The Royals defense and offense on Greinke’s starts were horrid. He was 11th in MLB among pitchers in WAR this year (5.2) and was 20th among qualified pitchers in FIP (3.34). His slider and change up were also extremely effective in ’10.

So what will Zack Greinke bring back you ask? Well here’s what I expect. From looking at the returns of Roy Halladay and Adrian Gonzalez who were under contract for one season at the time of their trade, their respective teams acquired Kyle Drabek, Brett Wallace, and Travis D’Arnaud and Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes. Both of those are somewhat even in my opinion. So would it make sense to say that a Zack Greinke return would require that, plus a prospect and a half in terms of value? Say Casey Kelly and co. were still on the Red Sox. I guess what I am refering to as equal value for Greinke would be the afformentioned A-Gon return, plus either Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Rice or Jose Iglesias and Ryan Kalish. Again, just using that as an example. So what would that translate to?

Cubs: Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Hak-Ju Lee, and Chris Archer

Dodgers: Dee Gordon, Trayvon Robinson, Allen Webster, and Kenley Jansen

Rangers: Derek Holland, Engel Beltre, and Jurrickson Profar

Some who I’ve approached about those potential offers have said the Royals would need more in return, and some have said that would be an overpayment. The former are the majority. I guess the big question is, with Greinke’s mental state, would a new team motivate him 80% more than the 2010 Royals did? I certainly think so. According to Rany Jazayerli, a Royals expert, In Greinke’s magical 2009 campaign, he got off to a great start large in part because of his fellow teamates, who were exceptional throughout the first month and a half of the season. Then the Royals started to play as well as an under-12 softball team, and Greinke was underperforming a great deal. And then in mid-august when he realized that he was in the Cy Young mix, he stepped it up enough to compile the best September ERA in Baseball. So I do think motivation plays a factor when it comes to teams banking on his mental state to be much better on a new team; I think he will perform fine and feel much more comfortable.

The rumors are still dwindling and Cliff Lee is still on the market. As long as he is still a free agent, Zack Greinke is still a Kansas City Royal. There are strong indications that Greinke will be traded very soon, thus to add to the flux of impressive minor league talent in the higher levels of the organization. No doubt about it, the ongoing Greinke rumors and potential trade of Zack, will be extremely exciting.

Interview With Phillies Prospect Jiwan James

This is an interview with Philadelphia Phillies prospect Jiwan James. Jiwan spent the 2010 season playing for the Lakewood Blueclaws. Jiwan did a great job with this interview. This was definetly my favorite interview I’ve done. I hope you enjoy
Me: Talk to me about some of your favorite high points of the ’10 season at Lakewood.
Jiwan: The entire season, from the first spring training game with those guys, until the final out of the Championship game. We had way too much fun together to try and name certain points along the way.

Me: Do you ever think about what it would be like to play alongside Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and other current Phillies stars?

Jiwan: I’ve thought about it a few times, but its nothing that I’ve completely set my mind on. Im sure it would be a lot of fun with them, but who’s there when I get there is out of my control.
Me: Have you had any discussions about where you’re going to play in ’11 and have you reached out to any former Reading Phillies to ask for advice?
Jiwan: I haven’t had any discussions on where I’ll play in ’11. Im just going to head into camp and try to make a team. I talked to Domonic Brown throughout the season this year, and I talked to J.Slayden during instructs some.

Me: Favorite current Major Leaguer?

Jiwan: J.Roll and Howard. I know them on a personal level now and there just down to earth great people. When your with them away from the field, its like hanging out with some of your high school buddies from home.

Me: Do you think minor leaguers should be evaluated by sabermetrics and what are your thoughts on advanced stays as such?

Jiwan: It doesnt really matter to me rather minor leaguers get evaluated by sabermetricts or not. Looking at someone’s stats doesn’t really show you what type of player they are, It just gives you an Idea. Stats don’t show what type of clubhouse guy you are which could be the reason your winning or what kind of character you have which could be the reason your not getting the call even though your having a great season statistically. So that stuff really doesnt matter.

Me: Do you ever try to emulate your former idols when in the batters box? If so who.

Jiwan: No shot, I know everyone is their own player. So Im just trying to figure out what works for me in the box and stick with it.

Me: Talk about the season you guys had and how awesome it was to dominate A ball.

Jiwan: We had a great season and it was alot of fun. I dont know if anyone on our roster would have had it any other way. We won both halfs and the title so what more can you ask for from the season. I think its easy to dominate something when your entire team hates to lose. We had a team full of winners, so it was like we had no choice but to win night in and night out.
Me: Last one, what are your thoughts on Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton?
Jiwan: Cosart was alot of fun to watch pitch, especially at home because I could turn around out there in CF and look at the radar gun. Every time he went 95+ I let out a little scream and whoever was in LF and RF would just look at me like I was crazy. Then he’d snap off a nasty breaking ball and have some of the hitters buckling there knees in the box, and I’d give a few chuckles from those too. As long as I wasnt up there facing that, I thought it was funny.

When Singleton came up, for the first month, month and a half, he was easily the best hitter in baseball I thought. Whenever he came up to bat I made it my business to get up off the bench or stop whatever I was doing in the dugout and watch his at bat. It was like he could do nothing wrong. It seemed as If everything was in slow motion to him the way he was taking pitches, and then when he did get a pitch he liked it was crazy how hard he was hitting the ball. Hagerstown infielders said 1 day that whenever he came up to hit they all took a few extra steps back because of how hard he was hitting the ball. I can’t wait to watch him put on a show for a full season and drive me in all year long.