Royals trade Zack Greinke to Milwaukee Brewers for prospects

December 20, 2010


— The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a trade Sunday with the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals 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 Greinke is one of the top young pitchers in the game today,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. “We are very excited to add him to our new rotation.”

Royals general manager Dayton 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. Third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer could join the big-league club this year.

“We expect to be competitive next year,” Moore said. “We’re still working to improve our baseball team.”

Moore indicated it took some direct talks between him and Greinke before the pitcher agreed to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.

“He was very much open to it at the end of the day,” Moore said.

Greinke was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA for the Royals last season. It was a step back from his standout 2009 season, when he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and won the Cy Young award.

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.


Steve Jacob 7 years, 4 months ago

Alcides Escobar is a star prospect and a great defensive shortstop, but did struggle in his first big league season, Lorenzo Cain is fine at outfielder, but no power, Jeremy Jeffress could be a good reliever if he stays off the wacky weed (three suspensions), and Jake Odorizzi is a great starting pitcher, but has not pitched above A ball yet.

Think the trade makes us better, but the opening day starting rotation will be BAD.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

I like the trade. Zack's been a whiny B the whole time he's been here and has only had one season worth writing home about. These players fit into the time window with our other prospects (Hosmer, Moustakas, Myers, Montgomery, etc.) more than Greinke did.

These players also fill needs that the Royals don't have prospects for in their system (SS, CF, and RHPs). This trade also cleared about $18 million is salary as well, which could enable the Royals to be more active in the free agent market.

If Escobar turns out to be a useful SS, it may have been worth it just for him. I've heard reports that Zack wasn't throwing his slider last year because he wanted to "save himself for the future". Bad franchise or not, I REFUSE to support players that lay down.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

"Zack's been a whiny B the whole time he's been here ...."

Well the Royals have certainly given him plenty to whine about. He's been trapped in the baseball twilight zone.

kujayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

“We expect to be competitive next year,” Moore said. “We’re still working to improve our baseball team.”


woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

A great move for Grienke. Imagine if you are one of the best players in baseball and your trapped in baseballs twilight zone, the royals. For the Royals, a typical move. They are always building for the future that never gets here. To bad the Royals got stuck with wallmarts every day low prices. If the Royals roster was divided up amongst the rest of the teams and eliminated, it would be a show of mercy to both the fans and players. It would have to be a money saver to not have to run to triple a clubs in the same organization. Heres to another last place finish. cheers.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

Just calling it like it is. You make light of Grienkes stats but check out the Royals team stats if your going there with grienke. The young players will be cashed in if they ever realize their potential, but hey, if you want to keep up the good spirits and dream on about the royals, great, go ahead, and heres an STFU too.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

I grew up with them, so they're my team. What's wrong with being optimistic?

I can't tell what your damage is. Are you actually a Royals fan who's upset? Or are you one of those closet Red Sox fans that wears your Red Sox gear when when Boston comes to town and shows up at the game? Like to kick us while we're down?

Are you Alcides Escobar and mad about being traded to KC?

Saying the Royals are bad is like saying gravity exists. Yes, you're right, but I think someone figured that out before you did several years earlier. Seriously?

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

"Are you Alcides Escobar and mad about being traded to KC?"

No but if I was I would feel like I just woke up and found out I was in the twilight zone.

I sat in Royals stadium for all but a handfull of the their home games in 1985. I watched the A's when they were as bad as the Royals are now and when they put together the team (Sal Bando, Phil Rudi, Mr October, Catfish.....) that won world series's(plural) only in Oakland. My comments are not intended to deflate your optimism, they are intended to reflect an organization that has no intention of winning unless by accident. In the days of the A's, the complaint was that they were a farm team to the yankees and with good reason. The Royals are great at developing talent, milking it for a year or two and auctioning it off. My complaint is that this is a disservice to the fans and Kansas City. This current front office would have traded away George Brett, willie wilson, amos otis, Frank White and on and on. There never would have been "the glory years for the Royals or fans. Get these yahoos out of town even if they have to move to Oakland and bring some one in who will provide kc and the fans what they have been waiting for. And, no, I will not be wearing a Yankee hat ever.

formerfarmer 7 years, 4 months ago

The Royals will never be a contender for the series as long as they are owned by the Glass family. All they care about is the bottom line. Every time they develop a player into something special, they trade them away for the up and coming players. Thus they don't pay any big salaries and the team is mediocre at best. Maybe one of these days another Mr. and Mrs. K will buy the team and we will have a winner again.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

Kudos to DM for trading Zack at max value. Let's look at his career:


2010 KC 33 33 220.0 10 14 0 181 55 219 4.173 1.2455 2009 KC 33 33 229.1 16 8 0 242 51 195 2.161 1.0738 2008 KC 32 32 202.1 13 10 0 183 56 202 3.474 1.2766 2007 KC 52 14 122.0 7 7 1 106 36 122 3.688 1.2951 2006 KC 3 0 6.1 1 0 0 5 3 7 4.426 1.6393 2005 KC 33 33 183.0 5 17 0 114 53 233 5.803 1.5628 2004 KC 24 24 145.0 8 11 0 100 26 143 3.972 1.1655

Outside of 2009, Zack's been kind of mediocre. He's no Felix Hernandez, that's for sure. The Royals just got 4 of the Brewers' top prospects, for a guy that's had only 1 great season.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

Did anybody ever tell you who he played for. Pretty silly to expect great numbers while playing for a AAA club in the majors. I put money on vastly improved stats for Grienke.

Denny2009 7 years, 4 months ago

Does it really matter the Royals traded Greinke? Even with him on the mound you can't win the division, especially wih how the Chicago White Sox lineup looks. Mine as well take some young prospects and continue battling Cleveland for that 4th place spot in the AL Central. Unfortunately in the game of baseball money$$ gets you wins and KCs small payroll just isn't going to cut it.

Royals 7 years, 4 months ago

My prediction is three years until the Royals are in the postseason where they belong. Especially with the playoffs likely to expand in 2012.

Royals 7 years, 4 months ago

This was my first prediction CWGOKU. Go back to your Fire Gill posts.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

Great, uh, when does this three years start?

Royals 7 years, 4 months ago

Three years before they make the playoffs.

woodscolt 7 years, 4 months ago

Got ya, I hope your right but not gonna hold my breath.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

This will likely be the move that makes or breaks DM's tenure as GM. Technically, he didn't even draft Luke Hochevar, so the players he's picked haven't even made it to the Royals yet.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm a Royals fan and I don't kick my team when they're down.

RonBurgandy 7 years, 4 months ago

I like how people always bring up the Damon/Dye/Beltran trades and compare them to what's going on now. Trades happen in MLB, pretty much every team does it. And that includes trading top talent. Especially when that talent really isn't going to help the team all that much and will bolt when his contract is up.

At least the Royals get something of value in return. How much value? We won't know for a few years, when they should be ready to compete.

Ricky_Vaughn 7 years, 4 months ago

Royals were 77-85 at BEST with Damon, Dye, Beltran, and Sweeney (2000).

Icy_Flame48 7 years, 4 months ago

Sounds good on paper. But, your theory hasn't worked so far.

Icy_Flame48 7 years, 4 months ago

You can't equate potential with proven success at the major league level. The potential is and has been a problem with the Royals for as long as I can remember.

BigPrune 7 years, 4 months ago

The Royals are run just like the Kansas City Kings basketball team. Get 'em young and cheap, build a few into multi-million dollar players then trade (read: sell) them off to the highest bidder.

Buy low, sell high. They will NEVER be a contender ever again, as long as old greedy black eyes (David Glass) owns them.

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