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Figuring out the Zack Grienke-to-Milwaukee rumor

Dec 19, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

Zack Greinke

Saturday night saw the birth of a shocking rumor: a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blogger reports that the Brewers and Royals had agreed to a trade, set to be announced Monday, in which Milwaukee would land Zack Greinke for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.  Yuniesky Betancourt and cash would also go to Milwaukee.

Soon afterwards an OnMilwaukee.com staff writer followed suit, reporting the same deal without Betancourt’s name and with Brewers prospect Jake Odorizzi joining the other three youngsters in being Kansas City bound.

The big names have been quiet all along.  Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney, Jon Heyman and the rest have all failed to weigh in on the reports.  The Journal-Sentinel’s primary Brewers writers Tom Haudricourt did work on the rumor and failed to confirm or deny anything from Milwaukee or Kansas City sources.

So that’s where we are as of 3 am.   I figured the first report was bogus and I’m still leaning that way, but that no one has stepped forward to deny the rumor has given it traction.  The Brewers have been mentioned in connection with Greinke, and it does seem like the kind of package Kansas City would want in return.  Escobar is the long-term answer at shortstop they crave, Cain would be the odds-on favorite to start for the team in center field and Jeffress, while risky, has big-time potential out of the pen.  Odorizzi, a potential third starter, would be another nice piece.

But for now, it looks like we won’t find out whether there’s any truth to this until the morning at least.

  1. normswifevera - Dec 19, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    It seems like the kind of package KC wants if they’re mentally deficient.

    Escobar is/was a great prospect, but didn’t exactly light it up in his first big league action. Still, he’s a nice piece if there’s other high quality stuff going back with him.

    But there’s not. A CF with no offensive pop. A relief pitcher who’s already been popped twice for drugs. And possibly a single A pitcher with some potential who is years away at best.

    For Zack Grenkie? Especially to an NL team, where he’ll dominate? Child, please.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    It is the season to be giving! If this story is true, then the Royals are being very generous.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 19, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    If the report is correct and Greinke has been traded to the Brewers this morning. Imagine Greinke’s surprise when he heard the news. Going from one losing team to another losing team. With the Brewers only having control of Prince Fielder for the 2011 season before he becomes a free agent they are likely to be even a worse team come 2012 then they were in 2010. Someone explain to me how this trade makes either team better long term? The Royals gave up there prized pitcher for what doesn’t appear to be any game changers. And the Brewers received arguably a “very good” pitcher by some accounts for probably 2 years (Greinke will be a free agent in 2013) but they lose a major piece of their offense in 2012 when Fielder becomes a FA. How does being traded to Milwaukee satisfy Greinke’s desire to play for a winner? Even if you assume the very best case for Greinke’s new team. The Brewers are at most likely to be a .500 or slightly over .500 winning club in 2011 that would mean a 5 to 10 game turn around over their 2010 season. That still won’t be enough to overtake St. Louis or the Reds in that division. Then in 2012 they lose Fielder and revert back to a sub .500 team. I just don’t see this trade as being a game changer for either team or for Greinke for that matter.

  4. nightman13 - Dec 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    uyf1950-

    The Brewers are a FAR better team than the Chiefs. They now have one of the best rotations in the league now and one of the best lineups as well. Fielder had a terrible year last year and the Brewers still had a great offense.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      To nightman13 – I’m going to assume you meant the Royals and not the Chiefs. Perhaps my choice of words to describe the Brewers was a mistake. But the question still remains assuming when and if both Fielder and Weeks depart for FA after the 2011 season the Brewers offense takes a huge hit. I think any objective person would have to say their loss should it occur will not leave the Brewers in a very enviable position going forward. And I think certainly cause Greinke to think twice before signing and extension to stay with the Brewers past his current contract.

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