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A baseball source confirmed Saturday that the Brewers and Royals have agreed to terms on a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke.

Brewers, Royals agree on terms for Greinke trade


A reliable source close to the team has confirmed that the Brewers late Saturday agreed to terms with Kansas City on a deal that would send right-hander Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.

In the deal, the Brewers would send the Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and prospect pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress for Greinke, who went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season with Kansas City.

The Brewers are expected to receive another "major league" player in the deal, according to the source. Jim Breen of the blog "Bernie's Crew" reported that player to be shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Should the deal hold up, it would transform the Brewers into a legitimate favorite in the National League Central.

Milwaukee went into the off-season in desperate need of frontline starting pitching after finishing with 4.58 staff ERA -- good for 14th in the National League.

Just before the Winter Meetings, general manager Doug Melvin sent the franchise's top-rated minor league prospect, infielder Brett Lawrie, to Toronto for right-hander Shaun Marcum.

To land Greinke, though, Melvin had to give up an awful lot from the farm system.

Cain was considered the front-runner to earn the starting job in center field after impressing down the stretch in 2010 while Carlos Gomez, acquired last winter for shortstop J.J. Hardy, struggled to get on base.

Escobar was the "shortstop of the future," and paved the way for Hardy's move to Minnesota for Gomez.

Jeffress finally made it to the big leagues in 2010, his minor league career stalled at times by suspensions for violating baseball's drug policy. He went 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 outings for the Brewers.

Odorizzi was one of the Brewers few pitching prospects and went 7-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 23 appearances (20 starts) for Class A Wisconsin this season. He combined with reliever Adrian Rosario to throw a no-hitter against Cedar Rapids in August, striking out 10 in eight innings.

Greinke was the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA with the Royals. But playing for a perennial also-ran took its toll on Greinke, who was made available by the Royals heading into the off-season and earlier this week, officially requested a trade out of Kansas City.

In seven major league seasons, Greinke is 60-67 with a 3.82 ERA. He signed a four-year extension prior to the '09 season and will earn $27 million over the next two years.


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captain | Dec. 21, 2010 at 12:12 p.m. (report)

Kays apparently has difficulty writing so I think we can disregard that. Great trade! Highway robbery!

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sandstorm | Dec. 21, 2010 at 7:38 a.m. (report)

kays, any moron who thinks (and remember, we're talking on paper), the dodgers, braves, and marlins have better rotations at this point knows absolutely nothing about baseball and should think twice before making that public.

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Kays28 | Dec. 19, 2010 at 3:48 a.m. (report)

Chadomac you an idiot to think only the Phila have a better rotation if you get Greinke. Is take the Giants Cardinals Dodgers Braves Marlins rotation over the Brewers with Greinke in it. you had one of the worst rotations and picked up a decent #3 and might have gotten a guy with a 4.00 something era and a head issue. no clue how he will do year to year. It's extremely laughable to say you went from 14th to 2nd lol. I hope not all brewer fans are that dumb

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chadomac | Dec. 19, 2010 at 2:48 a.m. (report)

If they get Greinke, that "Pavano money" is gone - Greinke will make 13.5 million this year. I like this deal, but I would've liked it a lot more without Odorizzi in it. I still would make the deal though - I love that they're going for it. Melvin recognizes that we now have a real chance to win it all with Fielder this year and he's trying to capitalize before he leaves. I like it. Yes, we have a shortstop and centerfield issue to deal with, but I think this deal makes the Brewers the 2nd or 3rd best team in the NL. Only the Phillies will have a better rotation.

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mrock | Dec. 19, 2010 at 1:43 a.m. (report)

mjames, if you can bat .259 with 16 hr and 78 rbi, i'm sure there's about 15 teams that would sign you. very questionable statement there guy.

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