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Royals, Rangers Tussling Over Zack Greinke Return

Royals sources have told the KC Star that they are getting frustrated with what they view as below-value offers by the Rangers for Zack Greinke.

The early buzz at the Winter Meetings suggests the Royals are already wearying at what they perceive as low-ball offers from the Texas Rangers for pitcher Zack Greinke.

Everyone - including the Royals themselves - agrees that they are asking for a huge package to trade Greinke. Those comments are reminiscent of opposing GMs' comments in the summer of 2007, as Jon Daniels shopped Mark Teixeira. The requested package seems to target a similar return.

The Royals want two impact prospects, with one preferably being a pitcher, in return for Greinke, who is under contract through 2012 at $13.5 million a season. They also want another player or two capable of supporting roles on a major-league club.

Texas has the necessary pieces to meet those demands - if it chooses. The Royals are believed to be interested in shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Engel Beltre and one or more of the Rangers' talented young pitchers.

Profar and Beltre represent by far the Rangers two most promising position prospects. Another potential hangup could be pitcher Martin Perez, who numerous sources have called the Rangers' one untouchable prospect.

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