The Chicago White Sox are still rumored to be in the running for a trade that would bring Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke to Chicago following Brewers general manager Doug Melvin's admission that Greinke will be traded before the deadline on July 31.
Melvin told USA Today on Thursday that Greinke will not re-sign with the Brewers before next season, instead opting for the free-agent market.
Greinke has been tied to several teams during this season's trading frenzy, including the Chicago White Sox. According to ESPN Chicago, White Sox scout Bill Scherrer attended Greinke's last start for the Brewers against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night.
Jake Peavy told ESPN Chicago that he believes Greinke would be a welcome addition to the team and thinks White Sox GM Kenny Williams is capable of pulling off a blockbuster deal for the nine-year MLB veteran.
Peavy is coming off of a win against the Twins on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep for the first-place White Sox. The presence of Greinke in the rotation would make the White Sox playoff-ready if they were to advance to the postseason.
A White Sox starting rotation of Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Zack Greinke would make the team a formidable foe for any playoff opponents as well as help the team overcome the Tigers to win the AL Central.
With Jose Quintana and possibly John Danks soon rounding out the rotation, the White Sox staff should improve on their league-average 4.04 earned run average with Greinke on the squad.
While the White Sox have been frequently named as players in the Greinke derby, many other teams are involved in the Greinke trade rumors as well, including the Rangers, Braves and Angels.
The 28-year-old Greinke would be a true rental for playoff contenders considering his desire to test the free-agent market after the season. This may be an advantage to his several suitors, including Kenny Williams and the White Sox.
While the White Sox have been receiving contributions from most of their current 25-man roster, any trade involving current White Sox players may upset the balance of the division leaders.
With the White Sox organization's lack of top-flight prospects, Williams may be at a disadvantage compared to teams like the Braves, who have a seemingly endless supply of pitching prospects.
Whether the White Sox can pull off a trade to nab arguably the biggest name on the trading block in Greinke, is it worth it to part with current White Sox MLB talent and prospects to score Grenike?
The White Sox, who boast having a former Cy Young Award winner in Jake Peavy and a potential 2012 Cy Young contender in Chris Sale, would be getting another former Cy Young winner. Greinke won the award in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals, posting an outstanding 2.16 ERA in 229 innings.
He has pitched well for the lackluster Brewers this season, winning nine games with an ERA of 3.44. Over his 49 starts with the Brewers the last two seasons, Greinke has a K/9 ratio of 9.9 and an ERA of 3.67 with a record of 25-9.
While the White Sox in their current form can win the AL Central without any additional moves, it would definitely help the cause of the South Siders if Williams can acquire Greinke.
The Tigers answered the White Sox's recent acquisitions of Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers by trading for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante this past week. Will Kenny Williams counter and make a play for Greinke?
A trade for Zack Greinke would be the ultimate win-now move for Williams and the White Sox and would also arm the team with one of the game's elite pitchers, making the White Sox a threat to contend for a pennant in 2012.