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Zack Greinke Rumors: Royals Would Consider Brewers' Ace

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July 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (13) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
July 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (13) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Royals would consider bringing current Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke back this off-season, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Royals haven't ruled out a run at bringing star free agent Zack Greinke back to Kansas City if he remains unsigned after the year, a person familiar with the team's thinking said.

The club is less than two years removed from trading Greinke to the Brewers, a deal the 28-year-old demanded, but the Royals apparently have no hard feelings that would prevent them from wanting him back, reports Heyman.

While the door is open for a return, Heyman adds that "the chances for a reunion aren’t necessarily great." Greinke is looking to win-now, and while the Royals have shown improvement over the past few seasons, Heyman notes they are still an "unproven" team.

The Royals have been in the midst of trade rumors that would have them selling veteran players such as Jonathan Broxton and Jeff Francoeur, but we learned yesterday that KC is interested in acquiring a "real" starting pitcher this winter. According to Heyman, the Royals would like to add "two proven starting pitchers via free agency over the next couple years."

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Which pitcher should the Royals target this off-season?

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