Another ace changed hands today when Zack Greinke was dealt to the Brewers, but those looking for parallels to the Yankees losing out on Cliff Lee are reaching.
In the case of Lee, he was an ace the Yankees desperately wanted.
In the case of Greinke, traded to the Brewers by the Royals, the Yankees were never in the game.
Sure, when it became apparent early this offseason Greinke was on the trading block, the Yankees had discussions about the righthander.
But, and this never really changed in recent weeks and days as trade talks relating to Greinke heated up, the Yankees determined the pitcher and New York weren’t a good fit because of his battles with social anxiety disorder. That, and what one official said recently would be the “huge cost” of landing Greinke, basically made it a nonstarter.
Simply put, this wasn’t the setback the Yankees suffered at the start of the week when Lee chose the Phillies. Really wasn’t a setback at all. This was one competition the Yankees all but sat out.