Found July 28, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
[caption id="attachment_15" align="alignleft" width="347"] The Greinke trade sends the Brewers and Angels in opposite directions.[/caption] By: Nicholas Beardi [AD] With the trading away of Zack Greinke yesterday, the Brewers are announcing two things to the league: First and foremost, they are very publicly bowing out of any chance they may have had at the playoffs this year and secondly and perhaps more importantly, they are realizing just how small market of a team they really are.Presently, the Brew Crew sit 14 games back in a division that’s always up for grabs and ten back in the Wild Card race. This has the makings of a trade deadline seller. However, the Brewers lost their biggest payroll killer in Prince Fielder this last offseason. While replacing Fielder's on-field contributions is near impossible, eliminating his massive contracts should free up cap space for remaining stars (i.e. Greinke). Milwaukee quite literally sold the farm to get Greinke after the 2010 season. Milwaukee acquired 2009 A.L. Cy Young winner along with journeyman shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt from the Kansas City Royals for minor leaguers Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi. Of the four, Jeffress is the only one who doesn't have the makings of a great career ahead of him. Escobar and Cain are both everyday players with the Royals, and both sport batting averages north of .300. Odorizzi is in AAA Omaha and started the 2012 Futures Game a few weeks ago. The small market Royals rebuilt their farm system and the Brewers got the ace they desperately needed. Greinke, ala C.C. Sabathia two years prior, led the Brewers to the playoffs in his first season with the team. Ironically, the Brewers traded prospect Matt LaPorta straight up to Cleveland for Sabathia and LaPorta is still puttering around in the minor leagues. While they may have won out on that trade, it's hard to see the angle they took on sending Greinke away less that two years after acquiring him. All week, Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin was dangling Greinke on the market and fielded offers from several teams before deciding to take the Angels offer of top infield prospect Jean Segura and pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg. After the trade Melvin said how hard it was to let Greinke go stating, "I am very fond of Zack, not only as a player but as a person. He is one of my favorite players that I've ever been associated with. It makes it a little  bit tougher. We had to make a decision to turn the page." Turn the page? Sure, the Brewers may not have been able to re-sign him in the offseason, making trading him a must. But you think signing him would have been a priority after he  posted a 9-3 mark by the All-Star break. The money he would have commanded in the offseason may be more than the Brewers were willing to spend, but then why trade for him in the first place? This move officially puts the Brewers in a rebuilding phase for the next few years and one has to wonder whether Ryan Braun might be the next to move. The players they got in return from Los Angeles won't provide an immediate return where the Angels get an ace to add to their already stacked pitching rotation made up of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson. With Greinke now, the Angels should have all the pieces to overtake the Rangers in the West. Small market teams that can have sustained success all usually follow a similar model, but the Brewers are wandering into unmarked waters and the deeper they go the more likely they may be to drown the entire organization. Dividends may pay off in the end, but for now the only thing smaller than Milwaukee's payroll is Nyjer Morgan's batting average.    
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