The scoop -
According to a reliable source close to the team, the Brewers late Saturday agreed to terms with Kansas City on a deal that would send right-hander Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.
In the deal, the Brewers would send the Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and prospect pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress for Greinke, who went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season with Kansas City.
The Brewers are expected to receive another “major league” player in the deal, according to the source. Jim Breem of the blog “Bernie’s Crew” reported that player to be shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
Reportedly, Zack Greinke was never on the Yankees radar. And, that’s a good thing. But, what this deal does is that it sets the bar, in some respects, on what it will cost in today’s market to acquire a young but established starting pitcher where you still have some control over him. And, I doubt the Yankees can put together a package like this one that the Brewers gave the Royals, can they?
And, for the record, the Yankees had a shot at Odorizzi back in 2008. But, they whiffed on that one.