Texas Rangers trade rumors: Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks is the subject of trade discussions between the Snakes and the Rangers, according to reports on the Tweeter. T.R. Sullivan's says the talks are "real and ongoing," with Evan Grant and Jeff Wilson both indicating that such a deal would involve Shin-Soo Choo going to Arizona.
Greinke just finished year two of a gargantuan six year, $206.5M deal, and is owed $34 million per year for the next three years, then $35M in 2021. Greinke was terrific last season, putting up a 3.20 ERA and a 3.31 FIP in 202.1 IP, but he's also 34 years old, and paying $34-35M per season for a pitcher in his age 34-37 seasons is a huge commitment and a huge risk.
Which, of course, is why Choo would be in the deal. Choo is owed $62M over the next three years, and is largely superfluous at this point. All indications are that the Rangers are motivated to move him, given their collection of young, lefty-swinging corner bats.
That said, even though Arizona has a hole in the corner outfield, I'm not sure why Arizona would do Greinke for Choo. Maybe Texas pays some of Choo's salary to get a deal done, or sends some prospects or something. Maybe Texas could send Jurickson Profar to Arizona, fulfilling the Profar for Greinke past rumors and the Profar to Arizona past rumors all at once.
I suspect it's discussions and due diligence and the like, and nothing will happen ultimately, but Greinke fronting the Rangers rotation in 2018 would be a game changer.