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Is Zack Greinke really the backup plan for Yankees?

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke fields

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke fields a slow roller and throws out St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday. (June 25, 2010) Credit: MCT

Can someone say Plan B? Or better yet, Plan C?

With Cliff Lee heading back to the Phillies to join forces with Roy Halladay to make for one heck of a one- two punch, the Yankees are looking for the next best thing. According to Erik Boland’s story, 2010 AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Josh Johnson of the Marlins are not thought to be available. That would have been a nice Plan B.

Is it safe to say Royals ace Zack Greinke is more like a Plan C? Begging Andy Pettitte to blow off his retirement for one more year may be a more suitable Plan B than Greinke. Greinke’s previous battle with social anxiety disorder make him less attractive even though he has unbelievable talent. Everyone knows handling New York is a tremendous challenge on its own.

Many fans will sit and assume, guess, hope, and pray for Brian Cashman to make a move. The only guarantee is that the Yankees will make a move and soon. The Steinbrenner family cannot be happy with the Red Sox grabbing the majority of the headlines this offseason.

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