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Royals' Plans for Zack Greinke at Trade Deadline Revealed

Larry Rupp
The Kansas City Royals' plans for pitcher Zack Greinke at the trade deadline have been revealed.
The Kansas City Royals' plans for pitcher Zack Greinke at the trade deadline have been revealed. / AP Photos/Charlie Riedel

The Kansas City Royals line up to be one of the biggest sellers at the trade deadline considering their dismal 36-53 record. A number of players on the roster find themselves on the last year of their deals, including pitcher Zack Greinke. MLB insider Jon Heyman doesn't see him going anywhere, though.

"The Royals won't trade Zack Greinke unless he specifically requests a deal, which is unlikely, since he bought a house in Kansas City."

Jon Heyman

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It's important to keep in mind that Greinke signed with the Royals this past offseason on a less lucrative deal than other teams offered. That's because he wanted to return to where his career started. The 38-year-old spent his first seven seasons with KC, winning a Cy Young Award in 2009.

Greinke has always had success pitching at Kauffman Stadium and that remains true in 2022. He owns a 1.86 ERA at home this season and the Royals have won five of his seven home starts, too. It's on the road where Greinke gets hit hard due to his weakened velocity and lack of run support.

Stops with the Brewers, Angels, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Astros have helped Greinke build a potential Hall of Fame Resume. The six-time All-Star owns a career record of 222-137 to go along with a 3.44 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Seeing him spend his last seasons in Kansas City would make sense.

Greinke will take the mound for the Royals on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays opposite Alek Manoah. Kansas City is slated as a +290 underdog in that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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