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    Default Sources: Zack Greinke dealt to Brewers

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    Brewers Acquire Greinke
    Jerry Crasnick updates the latest on the Royals trading P Zack Greinke to the Brewers
    Tags: Fantasy MLB, Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers, Yuniesky Betancourt, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides EscobarBrewers Acquire Greinke
    Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Sunday morning.

    In the deal, the Royals are reportedly acquiring Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress for the 27-year-old Greinke, 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 2010 after winning the 2009 Cy Young.

    Royals general manager Dayton Moore had been actively shopping for major league-ready, up-the-middle position players for Greinke.



    Zack Greinke
    #23 SP
    Kansas City Royals
    2010 STATS

    GM
    33 W
    10 L
    14 BB
    55 K
    181 ERA
    4.17
    The Brewers were expected to receive another major leaguer in the deal. Jim Breem of the blog "Bernie's Crew" reported that player to be shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

    Greinke joins a Brewers rotation that includes Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson and Shaun Marcum, acquired this month in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Greinke, 60-67 with a 3.82 ERA in six full seasons with the Royals after being drafted No. 6 overall in 2002, missed nearly all of 2006 because of an anxiety disorder, and that was partly shaping the possible market value for him. The Yankees, for example, were likely to pass on any run at Greinke given the questions about how he would adapt to the high pressure of New York.

    The Texas Rangers made what they considered to be an aggressive offer for Greinke during the winter meetings earlier this month, only to learn that they were far short of Kansas City's expectations.

    And the Washington Nationals were told that in order to get Greinke they would have to surrender Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen and second baseman Danny Espinosa.

    Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick was used in this report.
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    Default Re: Sources: Zack Greinke dealt to Brewers

    I don't get it.

    Are the Brewers trying to rebuild as they've shown signs of doing, or are they making a push?

    I mean, they've now given up top prospects for Greinke and will lose Fielder after this year to FA (thus not trading him for more top prospects).

    I don't get it.

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    Default Re: Sources: Zack Greinke dealt to Brewers

    The Brewers are going all in for 2011 while Fielder is still there. They'll see where they are in July and go from there. The team should still be pretty solid in 2012 assuming they find anyone decent to fill in at 1B as Greinke and Marcum are both under contract for that season as well. Greinke-Gallardo-Marcum could be about as good a top 3 as you'll find.

    They gave up a bunch of their top prospects, but they really didn't give up that much. The Royals lost a ton of leverage in the last couple days when Greinke demanded a trade. He had several teams on his no trade list as well, which may have also played in. They settled for a lesser package way earlier than they needed to.

    Losing Brett Lawrie in the Marcum trade was probably the best piece they gave up. Escobar looks like there's some potential, but I just don't ever see that guy hitting. Best case scenario he turns into a great fielding SS with an average-ish bat, but it seems more likely he's just an above average fielder with no bat. Lorenzo Cain is a promising CF, but seems like more a complementary player than an impact type. The hope there is that he'd be a guy who can play good D and get on base in a leadoff role. Jeffress (if he's even in the deal) has a great fastball, but he's a reliever long term. I never get too excited about relief prospects. Odorizzi ends up being the key piece in the trade and he hasn't made it out of A ball yet. He has top of the rotation potential, but it's not like he's seen as a lock at this point. I can't see him ranking higher than 7 or 8 in the Royals farm system.

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    Default Re: Sources: Zack Greinke dealt to Brewers

    Hate to say it but the Brewers have a hell of a pitching staff now with Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Gallardo.
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