With the trade deadline fast approaching, we'll have a daily digest of all the rumors swirling around the AL Central from today through July 31. Today, we lead off with Zack Greinke and look at what Detroit may do next after their blockbuster deal this week.
The White Sox "want Zack Greinke badly" but given Milwaukee asked Baltimore for top prospect Manny Machado, don't expect a deal to be done soon, writes CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Chicago Tribune Live debated whether the White Sox have the pieces to obtain Greinke on Wednesday:
Earlier, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal proposed the White Sox send Gavin Floyd to Toronto for pitching prospect Justin Nicolino and package him with Jared MitchellTrayce Thompson and a young major-league reliever. That was just speculation, though, but it'll be interesting to see if Milwaukee could come up with a better offer than that between now and Tuesday.
As an aside, the Gavin Floyd-to-Toronto rumor is right up there with the it-won't-die Paul-Konerko-for-Chone-Figgins rumors of years past.
The Tigers, fresh off completing their big move to land Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, may be done making big deals but could be interested in Reed Johnson or a comparable right-handed hitting outfielder, reports FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.
Minnesota has a few players that could interest teams, but reportedly the asking prices on Josh Willingham, Denard Span and Justin Morneau are high. Cincinnati, which apparently turned down a deal for Shane Victorino, checked in on Span. There also appears to be a strong market for Francisco Liriano, with six teams reportedly showing interest as of earlier this week.
The Indians fell back to .500 with a 3-2 loss to Detroit, and there's not much out there regarding the Tribe until they decide whether to buy, sell or stand pat at the deadline. Rosenthal reported earlier this week that Cleveland could look to move closer Chris Perez regardless of their decision.
Kansas City is also rumored to be taking calls on closer Jonathan Broxton and outfielder Jeff Francoeur, with the latter making sense to move to make way for top prospect Wil Myers.