Kansas City Royals Send Zack Greinke to Milwaukee Brewers for Multiple Prospects

Chris FaigCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 11:  Zack Greinke #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium on August 11, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Royals 2-1 in ten innings.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Once it was announced that Cliff Lee was signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Greinke began to receive the most attention among pitchers, with various teams attempting to acquire the 2009 Cy Young winner.

ESPN's Buster Olney has reported that Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, early Sunday morning, for outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress.  Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt is also expected to be involved in the trade, along with $2 million.

Greinke was drafted sixth overall in 2002 and won the AL Cy Young in 2009 after pitching to a 16-8 record with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts.  If this deal does indeed go through, the Brewers pitching rotation will consist of Randy Wolf, Chris Narveson, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke.

The deal is not yet official, awaiting pending physicals and approval from commissioner Bud Selig.