Texas Rangers: Would Acquiring Zack Greinke Be Smart?

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Zack Greinke
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Zack Greinke /

It appears the Texas Rangers are speaking with the Arizona Diamondbacks about possibly bringing the services of ace pitcher Zack Greinke to Arlington. Greinke has been a great pitcher since 2013. The Rangers could use a pitcher of his caliber.

T.R. Sullivan announced via twitter of the talks between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks of a possible trade. It’s not the first time the Rangers are after Greinke. Before the 2013 season, the Rangers had a strong interest in him, however, Greinke chose to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Greinke, 34, was 17-7 last season, finishing with a 3.20 ERA. He’s won at least ten games for the sixth year in a row. Greinke’s record in the last two years is 30-14. Seems like the aging process is not taking effect on him as he’s an elite ace and the Rangers could really use him. In other words, he’s still pitching great and there are no signs of his skills declining.

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So would acquiring Greinke be a smart move? Considering he’s still pitching well and he’s been able to stay healthy, it would certainly be a smart move. Of course, the Rangers are in for a very difficult mission if they’re to find a way to work out a trade. It’s likely they’d have to ship out a package of players to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Greinke.

Grienke just completed the second year of the six-year, $206.5 contract he signed with Arizona prior to the 2016 season. In the remaining four seasons, he’s owed at least $30 million. His contract even included an $18 million bonus, meaning he gets an extra $3 million. His salary adds up to nearly $35 million per season!

If the Rangers can find a way around it, then pursuing and acquiring Greinke would be ideal. One way to do it would to trade one or two expensive players. As said earlier, attempting to acquire the services of Greinke is no simple task. But the Rangers are trying it.