Greinke likes di­rec­tion Brew­ers are headed

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MIL­WAU­KEE — 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 righthande­r 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.

IN­DI­ANS: Even as he packed his bags for New York, Austin Kearns knew there was a good chance he would be back in Cleve­land.

Kearns, who spent four months with the In­di­ans last sea­son be­fore he was traded to the Yan­kees, re­turned to the club on Mon­day by agree­ing to a $1.3 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. Kearns made Cleve­land’s ros­ter out of train­ing camp and was with the In­di­ans un­til July 30, when he was dealt for pitcher Zach McAl­lis­ter.

NA­TION­ALS: Stephen Stras­burg says his rehabilita­tion is “on track” and he hopes to start throw­ing a few weeks be­fore spring train­ing.

“It’s go­ing great right now,” the Washington Na­tion­als pitcher said Mon­day dur­ing a tele­phone con­fer­ence call from San Diego. “I’ve been mak­ing big strides.”

Stras­burg’s sen­sa­tional rookie sea­son was cut short by re­con­struc­tive el­bow surgery in Septem­ber. He said he’s get­ting phys­i­cal ther­apy three times a week, in ses­sions of two to three hours, and that he’ll emerge “prob­a­bly in a lot bet­ter shape” than he ever was.

Also on Mon­day, out­fielder Rick Ankiel and the Na­tion­als agreed to a $1.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. The deal in­cludes $1.25 mil­lion in per­for­mance bonuses: $200,000 each for 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 plate ap­pear­ances, and $250,000 for 375.

ASTROS: Free agent in­fielder Bill Hall fi­nal­ized a $3.25 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with Hous­ton that in­cludes a mu­tual op­tion for 2012. Mon­day’s agree­ment in­cludes a $4 mil­lion op­tion.

Hall spent last sea­son with the Bos­ton Red Sox. Hous­ton gen­eral man­ager Ed Wade says he will play sec­ond base reg­u­larly for the Astros.

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