Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt have been traded to the Brewers for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress. Royals fans have been bracing for a trade since Friday when Dayton Moore went on a local Kansas City radio station and stated that Zack was not happy and the Royals were looking to trade him. In the same interview, Dayton stated that he was looking for right handed center fielder. He looks like he got his man in Lorenzo Cain.
Almost everyone has expected the Royals to trade Greinke this off season, but not particularly to the Brewers. Greinke is only signed for two more seasons and the Royals #1 rated minor league system will not have many of its pieces in place on the major league team until at least 2012. At that point, Zack will be in the final year of his contract and heading on to richer pastures.
The Royal’s management got the help they desired up the middle. Escobar should be a small improvement at shortstop for the Royals over Betancourt. Their hitting is similar (they don’t), but Escobar would be an improvement in the field.
What seemed like an off season where the Brewers looked to be rebuilding, they are now reloading to make a run at the NL Central crown. The Brewers got an ace to add to their already improved pitching staff after also adding Shaun Marcum this off season. I am not sure that Greinke will be enough to put them over the top, but it sure will help.
There had been many Greinke trade rumors this off season, but I could not remember one about him going to the Brewers. The trade definitely adjusts the balance of power in the NL Central and probably puts the Royals in line for 100 plus losses for 2011.