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Greinke is a legitimate game-changer.
UPDATE: July 27
Zack Greinke was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three prospects—SS Jean Segura and a pair of right-handers, John Hellweg and Ariel Pena.
UPDATE: July 27, 7:50 p.m. ET
Numerous outlets are reporting that Greinke has been dealt to the Los Angeles Angels for three prospects.
UPDATE: July 26, 10:00 a.m. ET
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has listed the Brewers' preference in regards to prospects they'd like to acquire in exchange for Greinke from a number of teams.
The Brewers would love to snag shortstop Jurickson Profar, but he is simply not available. They are very high on left-hander Martin Perez, the Rangers' top pitching prospect, as well as right-hander Justin Grimm.
Right-hander Julio Teheran is the Brewers' preference over Mike Minor or Randall Delgado. Haudricourt speculates that a package of Teheran and another prospect could get a deal done.
Los Angeles Angels
The Brewers have some interest in right-hander Garrett Richards, who could slide into their rotation immediately, but they prefer shortstop prospect Jean Segura above anyone else the Angels have available. They also have interest in first base prospect C.J. Cron.
Chicago White Sox
Haudricourt, like others, simply doesn't think that the White Sox have the pieces to put a deal together by themselves; they'd likely need to involve a third team.
Unless Baltimore decides that it's willing to include Manny Machado or Dylan Bundy in a deal for Greinke, they really don't have anything that excites the Brewers.
Los Angeles Dodgers
As with nearly every other player the Dodgers have been linked to, their top pitching prospect, Zach Lee, would be the Brewers' primary target. Right-hander Allen Webster could interest Milwaukee as well, but not as much as Lee.
According to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, Brewers GM Doug Melvin told his staff prior to the team's recent road trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia that if they lost five of six games, the Brewers were going to become sellers.
Well, the Brew Crew wound up getting swept in both series and are now fully immersed in sell mode, with no player on the roster having more value than starter Zack Greinke, who is set to become a free agent following the season.
While Greinke is the best pitcher available, Knobler's colleague at CBS, Jon Heyman, reports that the Brewers are asking for the moon to start negotiations with teams. They told the Orioles they wanted shortstop prospect Manny Machado in return, a request the Orioles quickly denied.
There isn't a contender in the league who wouldn't love to add a pitcher of Greinke's caliber to their rotation, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tries to make sense of the field:
While there is no question that any of those teams would love to get their hands on Greinke, the Braves, who currently feel like they were left at the altar after being spurned by Ryan Dempster, are perhaps the most motivated and have the most attractive young pitching available to get a deal done.
Greinke is a legitimate game-changer, one who has the ability to shake up a playoff race more than any other player believed to be available at the moment.
Whoever winds up adding him to their rotation will immediately see their chances of success in the postseason increase substantially.
The Brewers aren't interested in waiting years for a prospect to develop—they need to add pieces that can help them on the field in 2013. They should be able to acquire multiple players who fit that description in return for the former AL Cy Young Award winner.