Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/17/12
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SURPRISE, Ariz. The Milwaukee Brewers long admired Alcides Escobar's ability at shortstop, so much so that they parted with longtime starter J.J. Hardy to make room for the young prospect at the major league level. With just two big league seasons under his belt, Escobar was rewarded with a four-year contract extension this week.Unfortunately for the Brewers, he signed that deal with the Kansas City Royals.Escobar, 25, was one of four highly regarded prospects sent by the Brewers to Kansas City for right-hander Zack Greinke in December 2010. The deal obviously worked for Milwaukee, where Greinke went 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA last season and helped lead the Brewers into the playoffs for the second time in four seasons.Some have questioned whether Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin gave up too much to land the former Cy Young winner. In addition to Escobar, the Royals got center fielder Lorenzo Cain and minor league pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi."We're in a position where we are tryin...
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