Moore's stance on Greinke deal unchanged
Royals still searching for right-handed bat on Day 2 of Meetings
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Royals general manager Dayton Moore was chatting with a couple of reporters in the team's hotel suite on Tuesday afternoon when a familiar face flashed on the TV. Zack Greinke.
"Yeah, turn that on," Moore said. "What's the latest?"
As it turned out, a conversation between MLB Network's Kevin Millar and Ken Rosenthal didn't reveal much. And, as it happened, neither did a conversation between Moore and the two reporters.
The word at the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort is that the Royals' asking price for Greinke -- two blue-ribbon impact players plus other red-ribbon guys -- is too high. So Moore was asked if the price might be coming down.
"In every potential deal, there's a win-win and you've got to get there," Moore said. "Where a club gets a player and an organization gets enough for what they feel is important going forward. So it's got to be a win-win for everybody."
There didn't seem to be any win-wins pending as the Meetings plowed through the second day in frigid Florida.
"If we decide to move Zack, there'll be enough for us to be satisfied if that's what we decide we ultimately need to do," Moore said. "But again, I don't know when that is -- I don't if it's here, if it's at the [July] non-waiver Trade Deadline, I don't know if it's in the [next] offseason."
The Royals' demands were known to have sidetracked at least one club -- the Washington Nationals, proud new possessors of enriched right fielder Jayson Werth. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, among others, were believed to be still investigating the matter.
With no Greinke deal emerging, the Royals also seem to have nothing close to a conclusion in their search for a right-handed power-hitting outfielder. Certainly not on the free-agent front.
Such bats, including Jeff Franceour, Melky Cabrera, Matt Diaz and Austin Kearns, have been mentioned in connection with Kansas City, but Moore said the Royals are exploring trade possibilities first. And, if there is a Greinke deal, the Royals might land the outfielders they want anyway.
If they can find them, that is.
"I don't know where it snuck up on us that right-handed power bats are hard to find," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "It used to be left-handed power bats were hard to find, and now we've got so many of them, they're coming out our ears."
Indeed, lefties are all over the Royals' landscape.
"We just have to find some right-handed power to play in the outfield. Every outfielder we have, as talented as they are, swings the bat left-handed," Yost said. "So we need to find some balance because [Mike] Moustakas, [Eri] Hosmer, David Lough, all of our kids that we like a lot and think are going to be in the big leagues soon are all left-handed."
There are a few attractive free agents who are sure to bring in lucrative offers. Diaz, who played briefly for the Royals in 2005 before finding success with Atlanta, would make a likely platoonmate in left field for Alex Gordon because he's hit left-handers at a .335 pace. But, if reports are true, he's being sought after by about 10 clubs.
"There's just a few of them out there, and a lot of clubs are looking for right-handed hitters," one scout said. "And these guys could make pretty good money."
Perhaps more than the Royals would want to pay.
On the Greinke front, Moore was asked how many clubs have submitted offers.
"Just the ones that are interested," he said. "I'd just say there are enough to think about."
He said again that the number of proposals on Greinke isn't any more than the Royals have scanned in previous years.
"The difference is it's more in the public, and a lot of people in the industry believe if we're going to trade Zack Greinke that now is the time, because history has shown that if you wait another year and he's got one year left [on his contract], you don't get as much, or whatever," Moore said. "But you may get more at the Deadline, I don't know."
As a reporter pointed out, the San Diego Padres waited a year on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and seemed to get what they wanted in a trade bundle from the Boston Red Sox.
It's kind of a guessing game. But Moore wants the Royals' final decision to be much more solid than a guess.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.