Brewers go all in with trade for Royals’ Greinke
MILWAUKEE: The last time general manager Doug Melvin made a big move that prioritized the present over the future, CC Sabathia carried the Milwaukee Brewers to their first postseason appearance since 1982.
It didn't matter much that Sabathia was gone the following year, and so were the prospects the Brewers gave up for him. Melvin went all-in again Sunday, pulling off a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for 2009 Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. Combined with another recent move to get starter Shaun Marcum from Toronto, the Brewers think they've fixed their starting pitching problems - and believe they're back on track for the playoffs.
"Brewers are for real!," outfielder Corey Hart crowed in a text message to The Associated Press. Milwaukee made pitching a top priority this offseason after watching its starters struggle in back-to-back disappointing seasons since the team's 2008 postseason appearance. Melvin was willing to pay a fairly steep price to give new manager Ron Roenicke more to work with. The Brewers gave up top infield prospect Brett Lawrie to acquire Marcum earlier this month, then sent more of their most prized young players to Kansas City to get Greinke. The Royals acquired shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and righthanded pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers in exchange for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations. -Ap