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The Royals announced Sunday that they acquired shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-handed pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers in exchange for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations.
“Zack brings great physical skills and athleticism to the team and is an outstanding competitor. This trade is a credit to our scouting and player development staff as their hard work and judgment provided us the talented prospects that Kansas City will be receiving. I also appreciate the support of ownership in making this deal.”
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said the deal was “amazing” in a separate text message.
“Don’t really know him much yet but really looking forward to getting to know him!” he said.
There are two years left on the four-year, $38 million contract he signed with the Royals in January 2009. He is due $13.5 million each of the final two seasons, although the Brewers got an undisclosed amount of cash back from the Royals as part of the deal.
Reports of a potential deal sending Greinke to Milwaukee surfaced online late Saturday.
With the deal, the Brewers have taken two big steps to bolster their starting rotation — the team’s main weak spot in back-to-back disappointing seasons. Earlier this month, Milwaukee made a trade with Toronto to obtain Marcum for highly regarded infield prospect Brett Lawrie.
It’s an indication the Brewers are serious about making a playoff run in 2011 — presumably making it far less likely that the team would trade first baseman Prince Fielder, who can become a free agent at the end of the season and has been the subject of widespread trade speculation.
Melvin also went all-in in 2008 with a trade for CC Sabathia, who led the team to the playoffs. With the acquisition of Greinke, the Brewers‘ starting staff is closer to par with Philadelphia and San Francisco in the National League.
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.
AP Sports Writer Colin Fly contributed to this report.
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