Kauf Drops: Taking One Over Another

by Todd K | Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Zack Greinke - Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

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By Todd Kaufmann

Sr. Columnist

tkaufmann@sportspagedallas.com

I don’t want Zack Greinke.

The first sentence should always say something about the article that is written below it so I thought I would make this piece short and right to the point.

I don’t want Zack Greinke and I don’t think the Texas Rangers do either.

There’s been a lot of talk over the years about the anxiety issues as well as the right-hander wanting to stay in the National League. Basically, it has more to do with comfort than anything else. Though, he has mentioned being willing to go to the Los Angeles Angels so maybe a certain handful of teams, namely one, he’d be willing to pitch for in that other league.

Maybe there’s something about the west coast or pitching in a rotation that already has one big ego in it, but I digress.

With the trade deadline now five days away, the Rangers know they need to work hard to get their hands on a starter that can make an impact down the stretch. Hence the reason I don’t see this particular right-hander packing his bags and making his way down to Arlington, Texas.

I’ll take it one step further. Since I’m in the mood to make predictions I’ll make one where the newly called, ‘Race for Greinke,’ is concerned.

The Rangers, along with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and Atlanta Braves are said to be the four teams who have had conversations with the Brewers about acquiring him. The three other teams know the Rangers can put together a better deal than them so they are going to push just a little bit harder to make sure they are the top team.

This is where my prediction comes in.

I don’t think Texas has any plan to acquire Zack Greinke. They are only in the race to push the Angels and the Braves, the two teams who I predict will be the finalist for Milwaukee, to a point they normally wouldn’t go in order to land the guy they want.

While Greinke, under normal circumstances, would be a guy I could see the Texas Rangers going after and adding to their rotation. But because of the concerns about his ability to stay focused in a pennant race may be the one thing that keeps them as poker players bluffing their way through holding nothing but a pair of deuces.

There’s a table in the center of the room and only the only light shining is the one on this particular table. There are four teams holding their cards and each one has made their opening bet.

While the Rangers will make a certain play for Greinke, it won’t be their best play. They’ll save that for the one perfect hand. When that comes around, Texas will bet big and then take home the prize they’ve wanted all along.

I don’t want Zack Greinke. I want the other guy.

Other trade deadline notes

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers have joined the Angels as the three teams in on Tampa Bay Rays’ right-hander, James Shields.

Heyman says that all three teams have made initial offers but Tampa is holding out for a better offer before they let “Big Game James” leave in a trade.

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