Zack Greinke can block a trade to 15 teams in 2011

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As the Royals drop more and more hints that they’ll be entertaining offers for Zack Greinke this winter Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com passes along the details of Greinke’s no-trade clause.

According to Morosi, he has the right to block a trade to a pre-selected list of 20 teams through the end of this year. Next year that number drops to 15 teams and he has zero ability to block a trade in 2012, which is the final season of his four-year, $38 million contract.

Morosi notes that Greinke has picked primarily large-market teams to include on his no-trade list, which is smart given that those are the teams most likely to deal for him and the $13.5 million he’s owed in each of the next two years. This season, for instance, the Rays weren’t on his list of blocked teams, but the Yankees and Red Sox were.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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