“A big part of my heart will always pull for Zack,” Moore said. “What he overcame, the success he had here _ to the point it’s not easy to make these types of deals. You would prefer to have him here and sign him long-term but it just wasn’t something we could do.”
“This guy’s one of the best fielding pitchers in the game,” Moore said. “You can’t bunt on him. He holds runners. He’s a studier. I think he’s going to do terrific.”
The deal is 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 trade speculation.
But this month’s deals for starting pitchers have cost Milwaukee promising young prospects who might have figured prominently in its future _ and could help the Royals‘ rebuilding effort.
Moore said the deal made sense for Kansas City because the young players they acquired from Milwaukee fit into what is expected to be a wave of promising young players coming up through their system.
AP Sports Writers Colin Fly in Milwaukee and Doug Tucker in Kansas City, Mo., contributed to this report.
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