The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring former Cy Young winner
in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals announced yesterday that they 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.
"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.''
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 to the Associated Press. "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 2 years left on the 4-year, $38 million contract he signed with the Royals in January 2009.
In other baseball news:
* Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday. He was 94. Cavarretta died at a hospice care center in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from a stroke, according to family members. A first baseman and outfielder who went to high school just a mile from Wrigley Field, Cavarretta was a three-time All-Star.
* American Ted Ligety extended his domination in World Cup giant slaloms in Alta Badia, Italy, winning his third straight race to take the lead in the overall standings.
* Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, moved back to the top of the World Cup standings with another dominant performance in Val d'Isere, France, winning a super-combined race the day after a masterful downhill.
* Steve Holcomb, of the United States, won the World Cup four-man bobsled race at Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb as he and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Curt Tomasevicz finished the two-heat race in 1 minute, 48.01 seconds to beat Germany.
* Penn State won its fourth straight NCAA women's volleyball title Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo., sweeping upstart California in three sets behind the power of Blair Brown and Deja McClendon.
* Ernie Els won the South African Open for the fifth time, shooting a 6-under 66 to beat Retief Goosen by one shot.