So, it looks like that Jim Breen guy was right.
Zack Greinke appears to be heading to the Brewers. Dayton Moore supposedly was pushing for major league ready up the middle guys, and the Brewers were able to give Kansas City Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain. Escobar was the starting shortstop for the Brewers last year, and will no doubt start for the Royals this year. Cain will likely be their starting centerfielder.
Jake Odorizzi, a RHP who the Brewers took #32 overall in 2008 with their compensatory pick for losing C.C. Sabathia, is also supposedly part of the deal. There's some reports that Jeremy Jeffress is part of the trade, and other reports indicate it is a Player to be Named Later.
The Washington Nationals were the other team the Royals were apparently hot and heavy with, although they were on Greinke's no-trade list, and Jon Heyman says that Greinke wouldn't waive his no trade clause to go there.
It is kind of funny to me that Greinke asked for a trade because he was tired of losing, and Kansas City decided they were going to send him to either a team that won 69 games last year, or a team that won 77 games last year.
Looking about the Twittersphere, the reaction seems to be that this is a very good trade for the Brewers, not so good for the Royals. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers had offered a package for Greinke that we, as Rangers fans, think is better than what the Brewers gave up. I also wouldn't be surprised if every demand from the Royals included Elvis Andrus going back to Kansas City as part of the deal.
But the Royals wanted certain types of players for Greinke. Much like when the Royals dealt Carlton Beltran, and insisted on getting a catcher and third baseman in return (with the result being that they ended up with John Buck and Mark Teahen, along with pitcher Mike Wood), Kansas City appears to have put more value on specific positions and players being major league ready.
That being said, the Brewers aren't exactly a lock to be a playoff team in 2011, and I wouldn't be surprised if Greinke ends up back on the market before the end of the 2011 season.
Evan Grant says that the Rangers passing on Cliff Lee, at the price he was asking, will probably turn out to be a good thing, and talks about chain of command issues and Chuck Greenberg's involvement in negotiations.
Richard Durrett says that the Rangers now need to go hard after Matt Garza, and suggests a package of Tanner Scheppers, Julio Borbon, and a couple of guys from Derek Holland, Chris Davis, and Luis Sardinas. A Scheppers/Borbon/Holland/Sardinas package is, I think, way too much to give up for Garza. I'd rather target Ricky Nolasco.