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Greinke, Lincecum, and Newberg

Newberg wonders in his report today (9/11; has it been 8 years already?) whether Moore will be more inclined to move Greinke now that the Royals have proven they can finish last even with a Cy Young candidate. This is a much more interesting off-day idea than whether Millwood will be benched by MLB or whether the Rangers can't sell the team because RBiA lacks a roof. As a point of comparison, the Giants, OTOH, have their team in much better position. Here is where Greinke and Lincecum would rank in FIP going back to 1974:

1. 1999 Martinez 1.39
2. 1984 Gooden 1.69
3. 1995 Johnson 2.08
4. 1981 Gullickson 2.11
5. 1985 Gooden 2.13
6. 2001 Johnson 2.13
7. 1986 Scott 2.16
8. 1988 Clemens 2.17
9. 2000 Martinez 2.17
10. 1990 Clemens 2.18
11. 1978 Guidry 2.19
12. 2003 Martinez 2.21
13. 1979 Richard 2.21
14. 1998 Brown 2.23
15. 2009 Lincecum 2.23
16. 2002 Martinez 2.24
17. 1997 Clemens 2.25
18. 2004 Johnson 2.30
19. 1975 Seaver 2.35
20. 2009 Greinke
21. 1974 Blyleven 2.37
22. 1994 Maddux 2.39


Jamey suggests the following:
Kansas City’s choice of righthander Tommy Hunter or lefthander Martin Perez; (2) righthander Wilmer Font; (3-4) Kansas City’s choice of either outfielder Julio Borbon and hitter Max Ramirez – or outfielders Nelson Cruz and Engel Beltre; and (5) shortstop Leury Garcia to get Greinke and, say, reliever Juan Cruz (owed $3.25 million in 2010 and a $500,000 buyout in 2011). Tack on (6) Garr as well.


I think it would take both Hunter and Perez plus his idea of Borbon/Ramirez or Cruz/Beltre. That would give KC two ML starters (3 if Ramirez breaks camp with the club; I thought last year that a trade of Greinke should net 3 ML for it to be worth it to the Royals), plus two potential impact players on the farm. I'm not all that interested in Cruz, but if it only takes Garr to get him, fine.

Anyone interested in trade talk this early?
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