The Rangers can't afford to trade with KC, can they?
"Our goal is by 2012 and 2013 to have as many homegrown guys playing as we can," said GM Dayton Moore
The New York Post had an interesting report out on Friday morning. Apparently, there are "no untouchables" on the Royals roster which means everyone, including Zack Greinke, is available.
No untouchables doesn't mean the price makes players essentially untouchable, which is what I expect at this point. However, even if this is hypothetical, I'm interested to know what folks think about which of either Zack Greinke or Billy Butler would be of more value to the Rangers.
I'm not deeply interested in figuring out what it would take to land one of those two (I'm mostly interested in finding out what people think is the biggest need for the next few years -- Ace or Slugger), but I imagine plenty of comments could arise to that effect. So, yes, I believe a trade for either player almost essentially drains the farm system of upper-level, high-impact talent. Either one requires Perez. Greinke probably needs more to go with Perez than Butler might. So... Greinke might cost Perez, one of Scheppers or Holland, and a third potential big leaguer (Moreland and not Beltre, if we're lucky), plus a lower level guy or two (Ross, Velazquez). Butler might cost Perez and a solid hitting prospect, plus a lower level guy or two.
This is largely hypothetical, since I may be underestimating what the prospect cost would be, and what I've already suggested is quite high as it is, since draining the farm system of all of its upper-level, high-impact talent pretty much removes roster flexibility for the next two years. Plus, I'm not sure the finances of Greinke can even be worked out at this point. So, really, I'm more interested in using the Royals to ask a hypothetical question to get a sense of LSB perspectives about Rangers' needs (I think it is hypothetical, but I just feel like JD could always do something surprising): if the Rangers were to decide to drain their farm system of upper-level high-impact talent, which would be of more value: Ace or Slugger?