Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has developed a reputation for making big moves before the non-waiver trade deadline when his teams are in contention for an AL Central division title, and now Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the White Sox have Zack Greinke "on their radar." It's a vague statement to be sure, but the Milwaukee Brewers may be shopping Greinke with their season going south and Kenny Williams has been known to work out deals when he finds someone he likes.
Before you get too excited about the possibility, take a deep breath and read some sobering words from J.J. Stankevitz of CSN-Chicago:
Even for less than half a season of Greinke, he's likely to command a fairly high return, and the Brewers would be smart to look at getting a top prospect given their farm system entered the year in the bottom five of most rankings. With plenty of interest in Greinke and the draft pick option in Milwaukee's back pocket, prying him away won't be easy.
Of course, if everything goes right, the White Sox may not need Greinke. The White Sox need three of these four pitchers to come back healthy and effective or stay effective: Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Philip Humber and Jose Quintana. If 75 percent of them are viable major-league starters for the rest of the season, the Sox will be fine.
Even so, it would be wise to avoid underestimating KW at the trade deadline. He rarely stays silent.