Source: Zack Greinke Changes Agents
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. He was described by one person recently as being "fed up" with the Royals after enduring one losing season after another since his major league debut in 2004. He expressed that frustration publicly last season, saying he doubted the Royals' rebuilding plans would come to fruition before his contract expires at the end of the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old will make $13.5 million each of the next two seasons, a more than reasonable rate for a pitcher of his caliber in today's market. But with little hope of contending at least this season and an impressive crop of youngsters coming up through the farm system, the Royals could be best served by dealing Greinke now in hopes of a maximum return.
His new agents also happen to represent the other two most-discussed starters in trade chatter the last couple of weeks, Matt Garza of the Rays and Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Unlike those two, Greinke has a limited no-trade clause in his current contract that allows him to veto deals to 15 teams -- reportedly including the Yankees and Red Sox. But the Rangers are not on the list, and many expect them to at least inquire on Greinke.
Berry and Close did not return messages seeking comment.