Zack Greinke switches agents

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Players switch agents at any time and for a zillion reasons, but when a guy who is a hot trade property like Zack Greinke does it, you take special notice.  Ed Price:

Greinke is now being represented by Jeff Berry and Casey Close of CAA, a major league source told FanHouse. He had been represented by SFX.  The timing of the switch is interesting, as Greinke could finally get his wish for a trade out of Kansas City this winter.

In a lot of ways, dealing Greinke is more like a free agent negotiation than it is a trade, what with his reportedly massive no-trade clause.  Sure, the Royals and the target team are the most important ones in any transaction, but Greinke’s blessing is going to be required. Alternatively, Greinke and/or his representation will have to talk potential trade partners into taking a chance on him given all of the uncertainty about his makeup, for lack of a better term.  This is well-covered territory, of course.

Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds

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As is offseason tradition, the first of player-shape reports are trickling in. These usually use some variation of the phrase “best shape of [my/his] life.” This one, though, avoids that at least.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds so far this offseason. Schwarber said that he’s “already big and strong,” so “might as well try to get more explosive, faster.”

Though Schwarber knocked out 30 home runs this past season, his numbers were otherwise pedestrian. He hit .211/.315/.467 with 59 RBI and 67 runs scored in 486 plate appearances.

There has been some speculation that the Cubs will try to trade Schwarber to an American League team where he can be a DH. He’s a subpar defender, so making him a full-time DH makes a lot of sense. So far, though, the only team that has been linked to Schwarber this offseason has been the Red Sox.