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Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke is a Royal no longer. The experts have all weighed in. Joe Posnanski doesn’t like it, but he kinda does. Rany really likes it. Rob Neyer says it isn’t so bad.

I’m far from an expert on this, but I am an expert at being a fan. I get that playing for the Royals wasn’t fun. They lost. A lot. I’ve been there for way too many of those losses. But this sucks. I was there when we couldn’t afford Johnny Damon. I was there when Jermaine Dye was going to be too expensive. I was there to wave adios to Carlos Beltran.

But we didn’t  have to get rid of Zack. We had two more years. Yeah, he said he wanted out. But what if he goes to spring training and Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer are ready to mash in the big leagues? What if all the lefty studs are ready to throw gas in the majors? Is it really too much to think we aren’t that far away? You’ve put your time in already Zack, what’s another year going to hurt? You signed the contract. Honor it.

We all knew this was coming, but man does it hurt. Zack was the reason to check the paper every day, if not for his stats then for his quotes. Remember this one?

“I don’t want to pitch for New York in the playoffs. I want to pitch for Kansas City in the playoffs. It would definitely be a lot better being in the playoffs than not. That’s all you ever play for.”

So good luck in the playoffs Zack. Wish you could have waited to do it in Kansas City though. Enjoy your time in Milwaukee. Party on.