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This deals for starting pitching have cost Milwaukee promising young players who might have figured prominently in the club’s future. Odorizzi was perhaps the Brewers‘ top pitching prospect, and Wood said the team tried “very hard” to keep his client out of the deal.

“You know what? It’s a nice compliment that the Royals thought highly enough of Jake to include him in the deal,” Wood said. “It’s quite flattering and Jake takes it as a compliment.

“I think the Royals have a quality player and person,” Wood said. “Zack Greinke is a Cy Young winner who had a phenomenal year.”


AP Sports Writer Colin Fly contributed to this report.