Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 5/2/13
When the Milwaukee Brewers acquired Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals in late 2010, it was a sign that the Brewers were going “all in” for the 2011 season. The haul they gave up appeared costly at the time, headlined by Milwaukee’s starting shortstop and defensive whiz Alcides Escobar. They also threw in outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi. As a Brewers fan, I remember not really caring about what they had to give up to get Greinke, as it signaled a commitment to winning from the front office. And it put Milwaukee in contention for the National League Central crown. That division title came in 2011, as the Brewers posted a franchise-best 96-66 record, and Greinke posted a 16–6 record with a 3.83 ERA and 201 strikeouts. Milwaukee began to falter in the summer of 2012, and traded Greinke to the Angels on the heels of a seven-game losing streak that saw the Brewers fall from a salvageable 44-47 to 10 games under .500. The deals that brought Zack
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