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Zack Greinke likes Milwaukee Brewers’ attitude, wants to ‘win games right away’

December 21, 2010

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— Zack Greinke loves the attitude of the Milwaukee Brewers and their willingness to try to reach the postseason immediately.

“The main reason I wanted to get out, I mean, preferred to get out of Kansas City, is I wanted to be on a team that was trying to win this year because as a pitcher you don’t really know how long your career is going to be,” Greinke said Monday, a day after he was acquired from the Royals in a six-player trade.

After winning the AL Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA in 2009, the 27-year-old right-hander slumped to 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season.

“Just really wanted to be in a place where they were playing to win games right away,” he said.

Since the end of the season, the Brewers also acquired Shaun Marcum to join a rotation that also includes holdover Yovani Gallardo. The new players join a core that includes All-Stars Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart to go along with Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee, closer John Axford and setup man Zach Braddock.

“They’ve got some really good offense on the team and they seem to have like an attitude about them, and I kind of like that,” said Greinke, who liked the swagger of former Brewers catcher Jason Kendall. “He was great for our team. I’m assuming that he got some of his attitude from being in this organization.”

Fielder is eligible to become a free agent after the season. General manager Doug Melvin is content to keep the slugging first baseman for 2010. Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, encourages clients to become free agents to maximize value before signing.

“Realistically, we’re done making major moves,” Melvin said. “I envision this club with Prince being the No. 4 hitter and having a big year for us.”

Melvin traded starting shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi and former first rounder Jeremy Jeffress to the Royals for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash.

Melvin compared this trade to the one he pulled off to acquire CC Sabathia in 2008, except that Greinke has two remaining years under contract instead of a few months. Milwaukee needed a boost in its rotation after Sabathia and longtime ace Ben Sheets left as free agents after winning the NL wild card that season.

Comments

riverdrifter 3 years, 3 months ago

Good trade for the Royals. Greinke would not have resigned with them in 2013 so why not get some young talent in advance for him. The Royals will bottom out in 2011 with close to a hundred losses probably, but their farm system is loaded with quality players and 3-4 years from now we'll look back on these as the bad old days.

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 3 months ago

RICKY--BEFORE IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE, ROYALS WILL BE DOWNTOWN, AND CHIEFS WILL BE IN KANSAS, SOMEWHERE AROUND THE RACETRACK.

ALSO, I AGREE ZACK WAS THE JERK, THINK THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD TRADE FOR THE ROYALS.

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 3 months ago

Zack is the jerk here. Not one positive word about the Royals organization. Not even, "Hey thanks for helping me through a mental illness and giving me my start".

I hope your arm falls off, ingrate.

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heybluekc 3 years, 3 months ago

Have a winning season or two and lets move the team downtown where it should be. What a band aid in disguise that the Chiefs forced the Royals hand on. And the Chiefs are a total fraud too.

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Brian Conrad 3 years, 3 months ago

Kind of a slap. Royals stuck with him when he was CRAZY , had to have personal time off... Royals owners terrible. just a AAA team to get players in good shape and others to buy up talent. WHY did taxpayer money go to these RICH jerks .

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