The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring 2009 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, former Mariners 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.
“Zack brings great physical skills and athleticism to the team and is an outstanding competitor. This trade is a credit to our scouting and player development staff as their hard work and judgment provided us the talented prospects that Kansas City will be receiving. I also appreciate the support of ownership in making this deal.”
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Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart said the move, along with a previous trade for starter Shaun Marcum, makes the Brewers a solid contender.
“We were getting better with Marcum, now Greinke,” Hart said in a text message. “Brewers are for real!”
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 remaining 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 from the Royals as part of the deal.
Greinke sat out most of the 2006 season because of an anxiety disorder and considered quitting baseball.
First baseman Walt Dropo, who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox in 1950, died of natural causes. He was 87. He hit .322 with 34 home runs and a league-best 144 RBI in 136 games in 1950. Shortly after being traded to Detroit in 1952, Dropo tied a major league record that still stands when he got hits in 12 consecutive trips to the plate. During that streak he also tied another big league mark that’s still in place when he totaled 15 hits in a four-game span. Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday at a hospice care center in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from a stroke. He was 94. The three-time All-Star led the NL with a .355 batting average and a .449 on-base percentage in 1945, when the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Cavarretta was one of the last living members of that team.