Reports: Zack Greinke To the Brewers*

*Though there are reports, most notably one on, nothing has been confirmed by any source, mentioned on any major sports news source, or even sniffed at by anybody covering the Royals not to mention either of the teams.  You might want to have a grain of salt handy.

There are rumors that a deal has been agreed upon that will send Royals starter Zack Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi.  All four Brewers prospects ranked in the top 25 in Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook in 2010.  Escobar was ranked as the top prospect in that publication and Cain was considered a favorite for the distinction in 2011′s handbook.

Again, nothing as been confirmed as of yet.  Oh the very face of it, if these reports are true, the Royals got a whole lot faster, a whole lot younger, and made 2011 a potentially ugly season.  But they also got four players with talent and all with years of team control ahead of them.

Greinke’s been the subject of trade rumors since making public comments last August that he didn’t believe he’d be around to see the next crew of Royals prospects start to pick up the major league game.  As the offseason has progressed, he’s been the top trade target for up to half of the teams in major league baseball.  Dayton Moore has been steadfast in requiring two top-notch near-MLB ready prospects and at least two high ceiling younger prospects in return for the ace.  Some reports had Moore holding out for help up the middle.  Based off of that, the deal fits both teams.  Escobar is a rangy, speedy shortstop and Cain is an athletic, rangy centerfielder.

For what it’s worth, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has heard nothing from any of his Kansas City sources despite a a fanblog on JSOnline reporting the deal as agreed upon, but not confirmed, though confident in sources.  Nobody from the Royals beat has commented and neither team has made any announcement.  This is a hell of a rumor to float around if it’s not true, though.

Greinke changed agents this week and had reportedly asked the Royals for a trade.  The Brewers, for their part, had traded top prospect Brett Lawrie to the Blue Jays for starter Shaun Marcum.  With an eye toward contention, a Brewers rotation of Yovani Gallardo, Marcum and Greinke is both young and highly skilled.  The deal makes sense.

I just don’t know that it’s a deal, yet.  No idea what I think about it.  I’ll reserve further comment until I hear something from Bob Dutton.

Update: Haudricourt acknowledged the rumors on JSOnline around 2:20am but maintained distance until sources give him more information and/or national media get any leaks.

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  • Patrick

    For those wanting a big source… Baseball tonight and Steve Berthiaume of Espn tweeted this…

    ESPN_BBTN: RT @SBerthiaumeESPN: Milwaukee reports say: Zack Greinke & Y. Betancourt to Brewers for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain & 1 or 2 pitching prospects.
    10 minutes ago via web

    • Michael Engel

      That is a pretty big acknowledgment…thanks for passing it on. It’s still removed from directly reporting anything. Retweet of a report that hasn’t been substantiated. BUT no denials from anyone, no immediate refutation.

      Where there’s smoke there’s fire?

      Again, thanks for the heads up.

      • Patrick

        yep anytime. What do you think of the trade IF (a really big if) it is true? Personally I watched some highlights and look up stats of cain and escobar… I like those two a lot defensively. They are fast, athletic, and the range they add up the middle is hugeee. Now batting I am hoping escobar hits better and gets on base more than last year. Cain did well in the majors while he was there. As for the pitchers it sounds like one is a reliever (who has been suspended twice for the use of marijuana) and the starting pitcher did well in A ball.

        I like the trade overall… I wish it would be for 2 starting pitchers instead of one reliever one starter. But to me I like it

        • Michael Engel

          Odorizzi seems to have a pretty strong K/BB rate in the minors and has some #2 starter upside.
          Jeffress was ranked as having the best fastball in the Brewers minors in the BA handbook where they say he can hit 100 with an easy, sneaky motion.

          I really like Cain and if Escobar can hit and get on base better, he’ll be a basestealing force. Neither hitter has much pop so I’m not sure where they fit lineup-wise in 2011. By the time the sluggers make it up, they’ll be some valuable pieces to have on base.

          IF this trade happens, that is.

          I’ve been waiting for teams to give up the moon, stars and more for Greinke, so this isn’t quite there…but it’s a lot of talent…I’m not sure the Blue Jays were ever gonna give up Drabek/Snider and extras…Rangers made an offer reportedly but it was well short so maybe the hunch was the Rangers weren’t going to give in either.

          I’ll have more tomorrow IF this trade goes through. For now it’s just too much speculation so I’m not gonna think about it much. Yet.

  • Personal Trainer

    I saw Grienke pitch three times last year and I was not particularly impressed. Maybe switching clubs will help him. Of course, if there isn’t any hitting behind him what can you expect?

    • Michael Engel

      Last year, I don’t know why, but it seemed like Greinke was awfully tentative in a lot of his starts. I remember a game against the Twins in maybe his third or fourth start of the season, he was dancing around the zone against the top half of the lineup. He seemed to try to put his changeup over and wasn’t interested in using his fastball.

      I think he may have thrown his curveball more last year than any other season, too. Seemed to me (anectdotally) that he might have used that as a get-me-over strike pitch almost as much as his fastball. Maybe he was bored or afraid. Or trying too hard. I don’t know, but I saw some of that, too.

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