Otto Greule Jr
Seattle has been a major "speed bump" in completing the proposed four-team mega-deal.
The three- or four-team blockbuster involving the the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, and an assortment of other teams is still alive -- even though the Winter Meetings have ended -- but the Seattle Mariners are believed to be a major impetus to getting a deal done, reports Buster Olney of ESPN:
There has been some frustration with the Mariners in the TEX/ARI 3/4-team talks this week, with SEA viewed as speed bump in the process.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2012
What may be holding Seattle's end of the deal up is their continued pursuit of outfielder Josh Hamilton. The club may be hesitant to commit to a deal before it is certain it has the outfielder signed, though the same could be said for the Rangers and right-hander Zack Greinke.
Olney also reports that the Tampa Bay Rays are still involved in an iteration of the mega-deal that would send right-hander James Shields to the Diamondbacks, who could then in turn give the Rays a young pitcher or two.