The Brewers are sellers at 14 games back and there’s nobody in their immediately available inventory more dealable than Donald Zachary Greinke. At 9-3 and 3.44, his adding a wipeout cutter to his repertoire this season has goosed his win % nicely as the expense of the NL. ESPN reports four teams including the Sox sent scouts to watch him loom large over the Phillies on Tuesday, retiring the last 14 batters he faced, handing a 6-1 lead to the Brewers pen in the 7th.
The scouts from the White Sox, Braves, Angels and Rangers on hand to witness Greinke’s fine start were surely reporting home over the cheers in CBP as Zack’s high was brought low. Or, more accurately, brought Loe, as in Kameron Loe, the Brewers bullpen problem whose ripped offerings to Carlos Ruiz and Hunter Pence fueled a Phillies comeback victory and brought the crowd pleasant memories of distant glories shrouded in the ancient mists of…last year.
Jim Margalus at South Side Sox is glum on the prospect of a Greinke arrival in Chicago, as he thinks the price is too dear for a half-season rental. NotHawk over at South Side Asylum is similarly pessimistic.
I’ll agree there’s not much material to trade that makes any sense. The Sox are in the hole already over the Myers deal’s player to be named later, the farmhands are greener than guacamole, and the roster as constituted will have its hands full suppressing the Tabbies and Indians.