Zack Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
It was a trade that seemed to happen overnight, literally. As of late last week, reports emerged that Greinke had demanded a trade from the Kansas City Royals, the team with which the 27-year-old Cy Young Award winner has spent his entire career. Then, last night, rumors sprouted that Greinke would be moving to Milwaukee for what appeared to be a light package, based arounf shortstop Alicdes Escobar.
Today, according to reports from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the deal has been consummated and confirmed.
Greinke, infielder Yuniesky Betancourt and $2 million will head to Milwaukee for Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi and a player to be named later.
The deal gives Milwaukee an impressive rotation for the 2011 season, headed by Greinke and ace Yovani Gallardo, followed by recent addition Shaun Marcum, who came to Milwaukee earlier this offseason by way of Toronto.
Greinke is a top-flight starter whose only flaw seems to be his bouts with social anxiety disorder, which caused him to miss much of the 2006 season. Since then, he has been a dominating ace: In 2009, he won the AL Cy Young Award, going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts.