The Milwaukee Brewers have finally traded right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for top infield prospect Jean Segura and Double-A pitching prospects in Ariel Pena and John Hellwig. With the teams discussing the rest of the terms of the trade, one can only think that the Brewers made one bad mistake in trading for Greinke about 20 months ago.
On December 19, 2010, the Brewers acquired the ace who was coming off a 10-14 2010 season as he posted a 4.17 ERA with 181 strikeouts after winning the AL Cy Young the season before. The Brewers sent a boat load of prospects to the Kansas City Royals. The boat included Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. The move was supposed to help the Brewers to the World Series but instead, in only a season and a half of use, got them as far as the NLCS.
The Royals now have Cain and Escobar as center pieces for their lineup while Jeffress and Odorizzi are still building themselves up for the majors at Triple-A.
Make no mistake, the trade back in 2010 was a good one at the time. Greinke went 16-6 last year with a 3.83 ERA but they did not get to the promised land as the team would have liked. In what it look liked to be an open National League Central race, the Brewers have fallen off the mark in fourth place sitting under .500 with their former ace being 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in a league-leading 21 starts.
The 20 months that Greinke lasted with the Brewers could only be described as disappointing. The team did not make it past the NLCS and the Brewers wasted a lot of talent for the guy that they rented for a short time.
With the trade to the Angels, the Angels rotation is now stacked as Milwaukee tries to regroup.
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