Welcome to Zack Greinke Week, ladies and gentlemen.
We should let you know from the start that the festivities won't include a marching band, ribbon-cutting ceremony or key to anybody's city. But pageantry or no pageantry, it's now clear to all of us July deal-a-holics that the often-mysterious Mr. Greinke is now the focus of America's trading frenzy.
There's no more Cole Hamels on this market. It's highly unlikely Cliff Lee will be going anywhere this week. The Rays still haven't decided to move James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson. Matt Garza now has health issues. And Ryan Dempster has sliced and diced the list of clubs he'll play for until the only team seemingly left on it is the Dodgers.
Then there's Francisco Liriano, who reminded the planet on Monday what a heartbreaker he can be. And as the Daily Rumble reported Wednesday, there may be no more than a 5 percent chance the Marlins will really deal Josh Johnson, all those Rumor Central entries notwithstanding.
So if you're looking for a difference-making starter to trade for, who does that leave? It leaves Zack Greinke. That's who.
All eyes on Zack Greinke
ESPN.com | Jul 26