The Milwaukee Brewers today acquired RHP Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt and cash in an amount reported to be $2 million from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for SS Alcides Escobar, OF Lorenzo Cain, RHP Jeremy Jeffress and RHP Jake Odorizzi. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Zack Greinke is one of the top young pitchers in the game today. We are very excited to add him to our new rotation,” said Melvin. “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.”
Greinke, 27, is 60-67 with a 3.82 ERA in 210 career games (169 starts) during seven seasons with Kansas City. He has reached 200 innings and has made at least 32 starts in each of the last three seasons. His 70 quality starts and 10 complete games since 2008 are tied for fourth in the majors. His 606 strikeouts rank seventh and 651.2 innings pitched rank ninth during this period.
Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts last season, making 21 quality starts. He pitched at least eight innings in 10 starts, including three complete games. He went 1-8 with a 4.05 ERA in his first 13 starts and 9-6 with a 4.24 ERA in his last 20 starts.
Greinke, who is signed through the 2012 season, won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award after going 16-8 with a Major League-best 2.16 ERA in 33 starts. He struck out 242 batters in just 229.1 innings, both career highs, while holding opponents to a .230 batting average.
Betancourt, 28, has spent six seasons in the Major Leagues with Seattle (2005-09) and Kansas City (2009-10), batting .272 with 47 HR and 307 RBI in 810 games. He is coming off his most productive season during which he batted .259 with career highs in home runs (16) and RBI (78).
“The addition of Yuniesky Betancourt gives our club an established but young shortstop coming off his most productive season,” said Melvin. “We are glad to have him as part of this deal.”
Source: Milwaukee Brewers
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