AL Central rumor roundup: The latest on Greinke


AL Central rumor roundup: The latest on Greinke

With the trade deadline fast approaching, we'll have a daily digest of all the rumors swirling around the AL Central from today through July 31. Today, the Zack Greinke saga continues, while Minnesota reportedly is taking calls on Francisco Liriano.

Most reports surrounding Milwaukee's efforts to trade Zack Greinke have the White Sox involved, but they're hardly the only team in on the sweepstakes. Lance Allan of WTMJ in Milwaukee had this today about the possible suitors for Greinke on Thursday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live:

Allan thinks the Brewers will try to engage the Angels and Rangers in a bidding war for Greinke, which could price most other teams -- including the White Sox -- out of the market. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricout threw around a few names that could interest the Brewers, including top youngsters Mike Olt (Rangers), Martin Perez (Rangers), Garrett Richards (Angels), Jean Segura (Angels) and Julio Teheran (Braves).

But Haudricourt -- as well as most national analysts -- noted that Kenny Williams has a history of being creative, so just because the White Sox may not have a better package of prospects to offer right now doesn't mean they're out of the race to get Greinke.

There isn't much trade chatter coming out of Detroit, but newly-acquired second baseman Omar Infante is 1-10 with a walk in three games since joining the Tigers.

After taking two of three from Detroit, the Indians don't appear willing to sell at the trade deadline -- they'll either add or stand pat.

If the Twins decide to trade Francisco Liriano, they may look to get a high-ceiling prospect that's currently in Single-A or Double-A rather than a major-league ready player. The Angels and Orioles have been linked to Liriano, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Of note, if the Angels deal for Liriano, it'd help the White Sox out on multiple fronts. First, getting Liriano out of the division would help -- even though he allowed seven runs against the Sox Monday, he's often been a tough draw for White Sox hitters -- and second, eliminating the Angels from the Greinke sweepstakes would help the Sox chances to acquire him from Milwaukee.

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