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This month’s deals for starting pitching have cost Milwaukee promising young prospects who might have figured prominently in its future — and could help the Royals‘ rebuilding effort.

Escobar was the Brewers‘ primary shortstop last season but struggled at the plate, batting .235 with 41 RBIs. Cain played 43 games for the Brewers last season, batting .306 with 13 RBIs.

Jeffress made 10 appearances for the Brewers last season, going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He has been suspended twice under baseball’s drug policy.

Odorizzi was perhaps the Brewers‘ top minor league pitching prospect, and agent Jason 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.