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Zack Greinke Signs With Royals: Initial Reactions

What are your thoughts on the Royals signing Zack Greinke?

“Once the CBA was completed, that was our first call, to Zack Greinke.”Royals President of baseball operations – dayton moore

He’s back. Free Agent veteran Zack Greinke has signed a one-year, $13 million contract to play for the Kansas City Royals in 2022. Dayton Moore listed a reunion with Greinke as the Royals’ top priority once the MLB lockout ended. Greinke, who will enter his 19th season at age 38, pitched the last three seasons for the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks. Greinke went 32-14 with a 3.57 ERA in those three seasons. He started 74 games, pitched 446.2 innings, and logged 374 strikeouts.

However, the borderline hall of famer has seen some decline in past seasons, with his fastball dropping into the low 90s and even the high 80s. Greinke has become more of a pitch-to-contact pitcher with the drop in velocity in the twilight years of his career. That change in skillset makes Kansas City a perfect fit for Zack Greinke.

Greinke enters a Royals rotation that boasts many young, talented arms. In the wake of today’s Mike Minor trade, Greinke stands as the clear elder statesman in the Royals rotation. Greinke will get the chance to stick in the Royals rotation. He listed a critical factor in signing with Kansas City as the team’s willingness to allow him to stick in the major league rotation and pitch without limitations. With one of the league’s elite team defenses behind him and in the friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium, Greinke should see an opportunity to bounceback in the ERA/FIP aspect of his game and continue to pitch to his refined strengths as a veteran arm.

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The Royals and Greinke

Greinke, most notably, started his career after the Royals’ sixth overall drafted him in the 2002 MLB Draft. Greinke pitched seven seasons in Kansas City compiled a 60-67 record in 169 starts. He logged a 3.82 ERA over 1108 innings with 931 strikeouts. Zack earned his only career Cy Young award in 2009 for the Royals. Ironically, the greatest trade in Royals history centered around their once-young ace. The Royals sent Greinke to Milwaukee in December 2010. The Royals received Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, two mainstays of their 2014 and 2015 World Series rosters. They also received Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi would later be flipped for James Shields and Wade Davis.

For Kansas City today, Greinke will be a mentor to the bounds of young, talented pitching both on their current 26-man roster and those still on the way. He joins a rotation that will include Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, Carlos Hernandez, Kris Bubic, and Brad Keller. The Royals will likely employ a mix of young arms this season and could flirt with the idea of a 6-man rotation as they have in seasons past. Spring Training will tell who the odd man out becomes in the Royals rotation. Only one thing is for certain; the future remains bright in Kansas City.

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I'm a life-long Chiefs and Royals fan from Liberty, MO. I've since moved to Seattle, WA. I love the west coast life with my wife, two beautiful children, a german shepherd, and chihuahua. It's my pleasure to grow Stadium Rant as Director of Content, but I still love writing as well about what topics I'm passionate about.

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