The Francoeur rumor that just won't go away

We've touched on it before, but is this a new discussion or just re-rumoring the same old thing? From the Boston Globe:

According to one National League executive, the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves have had serious discussions about a trade that would send outfielder Jeff Francouer to the Royals for pitcher Zack Greinke. The same source said he believed the teams were close to executing the deal, but that Atlanta was holding up any and all trade discussions until the Braves had a resolution of their pujrsuit of right-hander A.J. Burnett. Current Royals GM Dayton Moore (who interviewed for the Red Sox' job during Theo Epstein's walkabout in 2005-06) is a former member of the Braves organization who is eager to bring Francouer to Kansas City.

I still don't see this making sense for the Royals, as they already have a very crowded outfield, but if Moore really does covet Francoeur, then he might do whatever it takes to get him. I could see us giving up another top prospect, probably a pitcher, along with Francoeur. D-Fab agrees with me:

Francoeur for Greinke rumor, huh? No way. Not straight-up. Dayton Moore likes Francoeur, but no way. If he did that deal … no way.

I’ll ask, but would be absolutely stunned if Royals did that without getting at least a top Braves prospect in addition to the RF. And I mean a top prospect.

Hopefully we get some clarification soon. Of course, I can also see us getting another outfielder along with Greinke in return. And becuase of the Royals possibly wanting to rid themselves of some monetary responsibility, I can see that outfielder being Jose Guillen, though I'm certainly not one to say that too loud.

[Update:  12/9/08 @ 2:25pm]

D-Fab echo's what I said earlier about Jose Guillen:

While Greinke-for-Francoeur straight up seems highly unlikely to me, if you add a component to that trade it suddenly seems quite possible.

Could be a top Braves prospect and Francoeur for Greinke, but more likely, to me, is the possibility of the Royals doing the deal to get a guy they want (Francoeur) while shedding some payroll via Jose Guillen.

Guillen makes $12 mill each of the next two years. . Royals would love to shed some salary, and Guillen hasn’t performed nearly up to his contract.

That's the way I've envisioned this all along. It allows the Royals payroll flexibility and gets them one if not two promising young players in return. I can see a Francoeur/Morton for Greinke/Guillen.

[Update:  12/9/08 @ 2:55pm]

Steve Phillips at ESPN.com says "There's nothing to a Jeff Francoeur-for-Zack Greinke swap between the Braves and Royals."

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