MILWAUKEE It was a move everyone in the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse had expected for several days, an inevitable change that had been in the back of the minds of players for even longer than that.
But as Brewers manager Ron Roenicke informed his team before Friday's win over the Washington Nationals that ace pitcher Zack Greinke had been traded, that change had finally come.
A tweet from relief pitcher John Axford appropriately depicted one emotion that swept the Brewers clubhouse soon after Greinke's exit had become official. "In the words of Lloyd Christmas," Axford tweeted, "I hate goodbyes! ZackWillBeMissed." The picture was of Greinke flashing an awkward smile, hugged by five of his teammates.
But there was another prevailing emotion that came with Greinke's departure that of relief. Obviously, the Brewers know Greinke won't be easily replaced as a true ace in their rotation. But with so much trade speculation swirling around the team and Greinke for weeks on end, the dea...