Reports: Greinke traded to Brewers

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  December 19, 2010 01:26 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers bolstered their pitching rotation today -- according SI.com and several other media outlets -- acquiring Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, pitching prospect Jake Odirizzi, and a player to be named later. The Brewers also received veteran shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt in the deal.

Greinke was unhappy in Kansas City, and -- with Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies -- was the best starting pitcher available for acquisition in an otherwise thin market. The Yankees, of course, had targeted Lee and were also interested in Greinke, though it was unlikely all along that Greinke would end up in New York.

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